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Post 16 Choices

After GCSEs, you could:

  • Stay in school and study A Levels at SNA Sixth Form
  • Do a hands-on vocational or technical course at college
  • Embark on an apprenticeship through a work-based training provider

A Levels

A Levels are academic qualifications which are traditionally used to progress on to university-level study. You can choose to study up to three different subjects at a time, over two years and are assessed by exams and coursework. The sixth form offers a supportive and caring environment in which to study and gain valuable extra-curricular experiences.

South Nottinghamshire Academy is a lively and successful post-16 centre where you can choose from a wide selection of A Level subjects. The majority of our students move on to university, however each year, there are a number who gain success through degree apprenticeships. Students will learn about university life and receive support when applying for apprenticeships, through our post 16 careers learning programme.

College pathways

A vocational or technical qualification is the name given to courses which focus on one subject area; at college there is a wide range of vocational qualifications to choose from including art, hair and beauty, business, construction, sport, vehicle technology and many more. These qualifications are also sometimes referred to as BTECs or diplomas. A vocational course is often divided into hands-on industry experience and theory work in a classroom. We collaborate with all of the local colleges, in order to offer impartial advice and assist students with making the right choice for their learning style.


Apprenticeships are a chance to earn whilst you learn, have a contract of employment and gain a recognised qualification whilst working alongside industry experts!

When you're an apprentice:

  • you get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent
  • in off the job training, often at a college, university or with a training provider
  • you train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
  • you’re on a career path - with lots of future potential for you