Our Top Tips
Below are things to consider when applying for options after Year 11:
- Apply for more than one course or option - always have a backup plan.
- Consider the entry requirements; aspire to higher level courses, but have another plan in case you don’t get the grades you expect.
- If an apprenticeship is your chosen pathway, have a backup plan because it is not always possible to get one.
- Don’t wait until you receive your exam results to apply – apply early in Year 11, using your predicted grades (your school will be able to give you these).
- Keep a log of your applications and respond quickly if you get asked for more information.
- Make sure your email address is appropriate, best practice is to use firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need a number in your email, use your year of birth or age.
- Ensure your voicemail is appropriate, potential employers and educational placements may phone you.
- If you have no previous employment/work experience, your school is likely to be used as a reference. Therefore, consider your attendance and behaviour at school.
- Proofread applications before you send them, so there are no mistakes and you haven’t missed anything.