Year 10 & 11 Post-16 Applications Advice

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Year 10 Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

At Dean Trust Ardwick, we have a Careers Team committed to supporting all pupils to find their purpose and ensure that they are all placed on an ambitious and appropriate pathway when they leave us into Post-16 education, training or employment.

Please watch the following videos for guidance on exploring Post-16 opportunities and making applications.


For Year 10 pupils, finishing secondary education may still seem in the distant future, but it is vital that your child starts preparing and thinking about their future destinations now. Applications for Post-16 are usually made (especially to colleges and sixth forms) between November and January of Year 11 (a short few months away). For pupils wishing to apply to some of the more popular colleges and competitive apprenticeships, it is important that they start taking action to ensure they are in an ideal place to compete.

Employers and education providers ask for, through personal statements and school references, evidence of:

  • Predicted GCSE and vocational grades;
  • A minimum of 95% attendance to school;
  • Excellent punctuality record;
  • Excellent behaviour record;
  • Commitment to activities inside and outside of school;
  • Knowledge of the subjects/ sectors of work the pupil is applying for;
  • Independent work towards career aspirations (such as work experience).

It is also important to note that all applications require pupils to submit their GCSE and vocational qualification predicted grades as evidence that they will meet the entry requirements in their applications. These predicted grades are entered in the Autumn Term of Year 11 (usually October) and the school references are produced. It is through hard work and commitment now, that your child can ensure their predicted grades are a reflection of their highest potential, and therefore support their college applications.

How we support your child

Careers Guidance Interviews

During Year 10, our more intensive support begins, which includes all pupils having a 1:1 Careers guidance interview. These appointments are due to begin this week with a new member of our team, Ms Victoria Orosun, a Level 6 Careers Advisor.

The aim of all meetings is to discuss pupils’ aspirations, explore opportunities and provide some follow up actions for them. All our advice is impartial and we will not ever tell a child what to do but give helpful guidance to explore future choices and how they may find out more.

Form Time Careers Programme

Form tutors will be beginning a programme of sessions which outline Post-16 pathways, destination choices, advice from Year 11s and alumni as well as hearing from employers and Post-16 providers.

How you can support your child

It is important that our Year 10 pupils begin the journey of researching pathways and opportunities, continue to develop their understanding of the world of work and developing the skills needed to become a successful candidate beyond secondary school life. You can support this by:

  • Watching our online videos for Year 10 parents above;
  • Encouraging you child to engage with the form time activities;
  • Discuss your child’s careers appointment with them, and their aspirations for the future;
  • Use Unifrog (our online platform) to research careers with your child (there is a video on how to use Unifrog on our website at the above link);
  • Supporting your child to apply for virtual work experience opportunities which we advertise on the form time Google Classrooms and in our parent newsletter.

Please do not hesitate to contact our careers team via email,, should you have any further questions at this time.

Useful websites:

Xaverian CollegeFull Time Study
Loreto Sixth Form CollegeFull Time Study
Parrs Wood Sixth FormFull Time Study
Connell Co-Op CollegeFull Time Study
Trinity Sixth FormFull Time Study
Manchester CollegeFull Time Study
Trafford CollegeFull Time Study
Stockport CollegeFull Time Study
Access Creative CollegeFull Time Study
Salford CollegeFull Time Study
Apprenticeship Finder (All sectors)Apprenticeships
The Growth Company (All sectors)Apprenticeships and Traineeships
All About School Leavers (All sectors)Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Michael John (Hair dressing and barbaring)Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Total People (All sectors)Apprenticeships and Traineeships
The Juice Academy (Digital and Media)Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Damar (Business, Customer Service and Management)Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Year 11 Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Now your child is in Year 11, they must begin making their final decisions about the courses/apprenticeships and destinations they wish to apply for post-16. We always recommend our pupils apply to at least 3 different colleges (even if they are also planning on applying for an apprenticeship). This is to ensure it maximises their options following the GCSE results.

We understand that making decisions and going through the application process can seem daunting for young people as this is one of the first times they will be acting independently to try and secure their next steps onto an ambitious pathway of their choice. With this in mind, we offer a thorough programme of support to our pupils which involves:

  • At least one 1:1 guidance appointment with a Level 6 qualified careers advisor;
  • Personalised career action plans which are shared with pupils and parents/carers;
  • A full programme of information, advice and guidance delivered through form time;
  • A Post-16 Application Evening of information and a chance to meet post-16 providers at Dean Trust Ardwick (This year it is on 4th November 4pm-7pm);
  • Post-16 application drop in sessions after school during HT2 (from October half term onwards);
  • Follow up 1:1 guidance appointments as required by pupils who need further support;
  • A full programme of transition to post-16 information and guidance which begins in HT3.

How you can support your child:

  • Pupils must be researching the courses and destinations on offer locally from the end of Year 10 into Year 11. Use the websites below and the information from your child’s action plan to support them in making decisions;
  • Support your child by taking them to college and sixth for open days;
  • Accompany your child to our Post-16 Application Evening on November 4th;
  • Support them to complete paper and online applications;
  • Help them keep a track of their online and paper applications and ensure pupils are checking their emails regularly for communication from colleges and providers;
  • If your child is invited to interview, ensure they are prepared, dressed appropriately and are on time for the apportionment.

Deadlines and methods of application for September 2022:

Sale GrammarOnline or PaperOpens January 2022
Stretford GrammarOnlineASAP
Urmston GrammarOnlineOpens November 2021
LoretoPaper7th January 2022
XaverianPaper14th January 2022
ParrswoodPapper31st January 2022
William Hulme GrammarPaper (External applicants)7th January 2022
TrinityOnline17th December 2021
Connell Co-opOnline31st January 2022 Priority 22nd November 2021
Whalley Range (Girls)OnlineASAP
Access CreativeOnline31st January 2022
Manchester CollegeOnlineFebruary 2022
Trafford CollegeOnlineFebruary 2022
Stockport CollegeOnlineFebruary 2022

Please watch the videos below to learn more about the application process and your child’s next steps:

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