There is no need to apply through KentChoices for a sixth form place once you have received your grades, just use the contact details provided by the school to phone and/or email to get a quick response. You should also check the school’s own website.
It is important that you contact them as soon as possible for the best chance of securing a place.
College - Again, there is no need to apply through KentChoices for your college place when you have your grades, use the contact details provided in the section below to get in contact with them directly.
Training providers - There are number of training providers that offer an opportunity to gain qualifications that will help move you into employment, further education or an apprenticeship. These are available on the KentChoices A-Z directory.
If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact us and we will help you.
What Help is Available if I Didn’t Get the Grades I Need?
If you didn’t get the GCSE results you had hoped for, the important thing is not to worry or panic. Although it may feel like the end of world, just know that you are not alone and there are lots of people who want to help you in deciding your next steps.
It is important that you try speaking to your school first. They know your situation better than anyone and will be ready to support students who did not get the grades they were expecting.
The National Careers Service offer free careers advice and can provide you with information specific to your area. You can speak to them over the phone 0800 100 900 or chat with an adviser online.
The Education People work on behalf of Kent County Council to support young people who are 16-18 years old and not in education, training or employment. You can contact one of our team to speak through your options.
What Support is Available in the Future if my Post-16 Plans Fall Through?
The Education People may call you over the next couple of years to find out if you need support in finding some form of education, employment or training.
If you find that the options you chose after Year 11 have not worked out and you don’t know what to do, you can also contact us yourself on 03000 419 174.
Our dedicated team can then offer you personalised support in finding another form of learning or employment. You will be eligible for this support for two years after finishing your GCSEs.
Hints and Tips
Always research the different pathways to achieve your long-term employment goals.
Regularly check the email you used for your application to see if you have received any further information on your enrolment.
Keep a record of your National Insurance number as some companies will ask for this. If you do not have a number, you can find out what it is here.
If you are having any trouble booking an appointment with one of our team, then please contact 03000 414 005 and someone will be able to book this for you.
Remember not to panic about your results as there is always someone to help with your next steps!