Post 16 Pathways

Post 16 Pathways

This short guide will help you support your child in choosing the option for them after Year 11,The following information will be covered in during tutor interventions but it is helpful for parents to be aware of it as well.

The National Qualifications Framework

Students and parents need to be aware of the National Qualification framework. Each accredited qualification fits into one of the levels and at the end of KS4, students will apply for either:

Foundation/Entry Level
Level 1 (equivalent to 4 grades 3 at GCSE or equivalent qualification eg BTEC )
Level 2 (equivalent to 5 grades 4/5 at GCSE or equivalent qualification eg BTEC or Intermediate Apprenticeship)
Level 3 (equivalent to A levels or equivalent qualification eg BTEC or Advanced Apprenticeship)

Entry Level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 & Above
Entry level certificate – Basic Skills GCSE at grades 3 to 1, BTEC Introductory Certificate or Diploma GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, BTEC First Diploma NVQ Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship AS and A2 level, BTEC National Diploma NVQ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Higher Apprenticeships, Degree, Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND), NVQs levels 4 and 5
Labourer, Packer, Cleaner, Warehouse Worker… Same as Entry Level Receptionist, Call-Centre, Operator, Shop Assistant, Car Mechanic, Care Assistant Chef, Plumber, Nursery Nurse, IT Technician, Hairdresser IT Manager, Youth Worker, Website Designer, Nurse, Doctor, Accountant, Teacher

In practice the vast majority of our students in year 11 will apply for level 2 or level 3 qualifications depending on their grade predictions. You cannot apply for a level 3 qualifications if you have not reached the requirements for level 2. In practice, most post 16 institutions will consider this to be 5 grades 4/5 or equivalent usually including English and Maths. However, the requirements vary greatly depending on the College so students are strongly advised to check this directly with the College they want to apply for. This is best done by ringing directly and by looking on the websites.

It is worth noting that A levels are only some of the level 3 qualifications available to students. BTECs level 3 as well as Advanced Apprenticeships are also recognised level 3 qualifications and there are many others. Generally, completion of level 3 qualifications will give access to higher education.

Bosworth staff will do their utmost to guide students through the process, they will signpost students to information they will need, but it is each student’s responsibility to act on the advice given , to do research and ,of course, to make appropriate choices including a back up choice.

Sixth Form Application Process at Bosworth Academy

Please visit ‘Positive Steps at 16‘ to apply for Bosworth Academy Sixth Form.

Every year 11 student will have the opportunity to receive a careers interview with our Careers Coordinator Mrs Morar prior to making their post 16 choices. If you have any concerns or questions, or would like to arrange an appointment, please contact Mrs Morar at