Your decisions about what you intend to do once you leave compulsory education are very important. Some of you may not have a clear idea of what you would like to do or what pathway to take, or you may know where you want to be at the end of Year 11 but need more information about your decision. In order for us to support you, please complete the on-line Destinations form below.
There are three distinct pathways open to students when they reach the end of Year 11. They are:
1. Sixth Form
This can be at The Marlborough School Sixth Form or at another school’s Sixth Form. For almost all students this means studying 3 or 4 A levels with a view to applying for University or higher level apprenticeships. All Sixth Forms will have minimum GCSE entry requirements.
There are a number of colleges in the local area including Activate Learning in Oxford City, Banbury and Bicester colleges or Abingdon and Witney College including Common Leys Farm. There are also technical colleges which specilise in a particular area of industry, for example Engineering or Space. Some pupils go further afield depending on their course choices and where they live. At college you can study a wide range of courses from A levels and BTEC’s to vocational and applied courses. The courses available to you depend on your GCSE results. Students who have not gained a pass in English and Mathematics would be expected to take further courses in these core subjects.
3. Apprenticeships or work-based training
Apprenticeships are becoming a valid alternative to the other two options. They cover a large variety of careers where you will earn and learn. Apprenticeship qualifications level 1 and 2 (GCSE), level 3 (A Level) and increasingly degree level can be found locally and nationally. There are also traineeships which lead into apprenticeship level 1. Some apprenticeships you need to apply via the training provider such as ACE training for construction, or through college providers where an apprenticeship is part of the course. Apprenticeships are advertised through the following websites plus the school website:
As part of supporting you to secure your post-16 provision, please give a First and Second choice and be as clear as you can about the courses/apprenticeships for which you intend to make applications. These need to be realistic: you should consider your estimated final grades in your subjects, think carefully about future plans and ambitions as well as practical matters such as transport.