GCSE Results Day 2020 – Thursday 20th August













Government advice on awarding GCSE and A-level

Get ready for September at Flying start Southampton 

Applications to college:

If you have applied to college you will receive information on next steps from that college. They may ask you to bring predicted grades to enrolment or you may sit an assessment to make sure you’re on the right level of course.

You can still apply for college, interviews will be over the phone.

If you have applied & don’t hear from them – contact the college:

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

City College Southampton

Itchen College 

Bitterne Park 6th

St Annes 6th Form

Applications for Apprenticeships:

Make sure you are registered Here vacancies to start in the autumn will be out already and increasing over the next few months. Remember to apply to college as a back up.

Support with applying can be found on our Apprenticeships page.


Unsure about your September plans? Contact your school careers department for support:

Cantell: Theresa Petzold

Bitterne Park:

St Annes:


Regents Park:


Oasis Sholing:

Oasis Mayfield:

Oasis Lordshill:




St Georges: Sharron Ward

Upper Shirley High: 

ONLINE with National careers – link to webchat on the home page or:  0800 100 900, or email

For a wide range of resources, advice and organisations that are offering virtual support for young people in Southampton, take a look at our Career Links Page

What are my options after leaving school?

After year 11 you need to stay in some form of learning until you are 18.

Raising the Participation Age.

Research your options, Ucas gives a great overview of what paths you can take after your GCSEs.

There are three main options available to you:


A-levels are an academic choice. If you enjoyed studying GCSEs this could be right for you. You can choose to study at a 6th form college or in a school sixth form.

You’re going to be dedicating a lot of time to the subjects you choose, so it’s important to take things that interest you and that you want to study further.

Click on the pictures below for articles about where each subject might take you.

Art and Design


Business StudiesChemistryClassics

Design and Technology

Drama and Theatre StudiesEconomicsEnglish Language and Literature


Government and Politics


Leisure Studies


Modern LanguagesMusicPhilosophy



Religious StudiesSociologySports and Physical Education

Travel and Tourism


 Vocational Qualifications

These are qualifications with a practical learning programme that relate directly to a career. There are many types of qualification available – from entry level beginner courses, right the way up to courses that are the equivalent of a degree.

There are three colleges and two school sixth forms in Southampton.

There are also many excellent colleges just outside Southampton:

Top Tip

Make sure that you attend the open days at the colleges that you’re interested in – you’ll be able to meet with tutors and talk to them about the courses, as well as get a feel for the atmosphere of the college in a way that you can’t from a prospectus or website. These tend to be in June and September, and if you’ve missed one, you can always call and ask for a visit – colleges are always happy to oblige!

For extra guidance, or if you want to go further afield, visit the National Careers service site to look at where the courses you want to study are run. Always make sure that you check with the college, as the name of the course may vary slightly. National Careers Service


This is a route to gain qualifications while working. Go to our Apprenticeships page for more details. 

Help with applying for College or Apprenticeships

STEP Programme

  • JOBS

Not sure which to choose? Know what you want but not how to get there? Not sure what you want to do?

If you are unemployed or just about to leave Year 11, we can offer you one to one support to:

  • Plan what you want to do next
  • Develop a plan of activities to help you achieve your goals
  • Recognise your skills, talents and ambitions
  • Match you to the right opportunity, whether that’s education, employment traineeship, apprenticeship, further training or volunteering opportunities
  • Stay on track with that opportunity through continued advice and guidance
  • Create your CV, support with application forms and practice interview techniques

Call us on 023 8091 7585 or email to find out how we can support you.


Not feeling ready for the next step? Hundreds have benefitted from a short time on one of these local programes.

  • The Enham Trust Training and employment programmes that help disadvantaged people of all ages to take control of their lives and find success in finding work.
  • Skills to Achieve for young job seekers aged 16-19 currently not in education, employment or training.
  • The Military Preparation College Designed specifically for 16-19 years olds. The college equipps you to make informed decisions in unfamiliar environments and situations. Fusing physical training, vocational instruction, academic work and personal development.
  • The Prince’s Trust programmes that aim to support young people back into education, employment or training through developing young people’s personal and social development and enhance work skills.
  • Safe helps isolated and disadvantaged young people rethink their options and find new ways to move forward.
  • Southampton City College An opprtunity to work on maths, English and employment skills. The aim is to support progression to a career-led course; apprenticeship or a job
  • My Coaching delivers further education programmes to people aged between 15 and 19 years old
  • Wheatsheaf Trust offers individualised mentoring support for young people aged 14 – 24 to access education, training and employment opportunities.


Volunteering is a great way to build up your experience and impress employers.

  • Do-it can help you find volunteering opportunities
  • Vinspired will help you find ways of improving your employability through volunteering and work experience
  • Southampton Voluntary Services support you to find the most suitable volunteering opportunities

What you choose to do will depend on where you want it to lead you. What career ideas have you got? Do the research and make sure you are heading in the right direction.