What next? Post 16 Pathways

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The age of participation in learning is being raised to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015, meaning that young people will be expected to stay in education or employment with training beyond Year 11.

There are a number of different pathways available to them.

College or Sixth Form

Students can choose to study for academic or vocational qualifications at a local college or sixth form. Colleges and sixth forms vary with the courses that they offer so it is really important for students to attend taster days and open evenings to get a good idea of all the choices available to them. 

Whilst some focus on an academic pathway offering a wide range of A’Levels or the International Baccalaureate, others offer vocational courses which tend to focus on one area of employment.

Local Education and Training Providers

Click name to visit provider site

Bexhill College 

  • Penland Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2JG

East Sussex College Group - Hastings 

  • Hastings Station Plaza Campus, Station Approach, Hastings, TN34 1BAO 
  • Valley Campus, Parker Road, Hastings, TN34 3TT
  • Automotive Training Centre, Unit 17&18, Northridge Industrial Estate, Haywards Way, Hastings,TN35 4PP

East Sussex College Group - Eastbourne & Lewes

  • Park Campus, Kings Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UF
  • Vocational Campus, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
  • Sussex Downs Lewes College, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XH 

Plumpton College

  • Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE

Hadlow College

  • Hadlow Campus, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0AL


For students who are keen to get out into the world of work apprenticeships can offer an excellent alternative to college.

‘Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain areal qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience’ (Apprenticeships website)

See the dedicated page for Apprenticeships and T Levels: http://www.bexhillacademy.org/students/apprenticeships

Training Providers

To search for Training Providers: https://www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com/

Useful Information

Here are some useful downloads to help you make your decision Post-Bexhill


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