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Careers & College

Careers & College

The Government has changed the law so young people leaving school will need to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. Students can opt to study or train in any of the following ways:
• Study full time in a school, college or with a training provider.
• Gain an apprenticeship or traineeship.
• Work or volunteer full time, combined with part time education or training.


On average about 70% of our students continue their education at either The Sixth Form College Solihull or Solihull College, with the remainder entering other colleges, apprenticeships or training schemes. At local colleges they build on the firm foundations gained at Lyndon following the ‘A’ level route, vocational courses or a mixture of both. Many of our former students have continued into higher education following university courses.
It is our intention to make Lyndon students aware of the wide range of vocational and academic opportunities available to them at 16 and beyond, by means of a comprehensive Careers Guidance process designed to heighten their awareness of an increasingly complex employment world. We have professionals on hand to offer advice on careers, options choice in Year 9 and personal issues. We feel that students who are well-motivated and have a clear vision of their future are more likely to extend themselves academically.

Careers & College Links

16-19 Bursary Fund Bursary information for young people and their parents.
Advocacy Matters supports young people aged between 14-18 with SEND and their families.
Apprenticeships The National Apprenticeship Service is a government backed website which shows live apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeships A useful guide for parents/carers on how apprenticeships work.
Barclays LifeSkills helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.
Careersbox External careers website showing videos and clips of difference jobs and careers.
icould Another useful external careers website that can help students to discover the type of opportunities available to them.
National Bureau for students with disabilities Have a look here if you are a disabled young person who wants information about the various options and choices in education, training, volunteering and work post 16.
National Careers Service This is the government’s careers website giving valuable and impartial information on different jobs/careers, CV building and skills health check tools.
Parent Guidance Planning information to help parents and carers support their child’s career planning needs.
Plotr A really useful external careers website with lots of information on different careers and a careers quiz called ‘The Game’ which students may find of interest.
Raising the age of Participation This site provides details of the age that young people need to stay in education or training.
Russell Group Making Informed Choices. The Russell Group is an organisation which represents 24 leading universities. This document is a useful guide as students consider courses and subjects to study in sixth form or at college.
Solihull for Success Solihull MBC Employment and Skills Team are available to offer support in finding employment and training.
STEM useful website for young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Step into the NHS Find out more about the huge range of careers and opportunities offered by the NHS, one of the largest employers in the UK.
UCAS Progress Useful website to search for Post 16 courses. After entering information, this website will find colleges/providers within the given search area.
Which University A useful website which offers useful information on university courses as well as providing guidance on choosing the right GCSEs for certain careers.

College & Post 16

College and Post 16 providers websites are listed below. Each provider’s website will have details of courses on offer together with entry requirements and dates of open events.