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Post-16 choices

Young people who have completed Year 11 must now stay in learning until the end of the school year when they turn 18. This doesn't mean they have to stay in school.

The main choices are: 

  • a full-time course at a college or school sixth form
  • work-based training such as an apprenticeship or a job with training
  • part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering more than 20 hours per week. 

Colleges and Sixth forms 

Some colleges and sixth forms in Islington offer a range of courses for school leavers. 

Financial help 

Islington offers a bursary scheme which gives teenagers from low-income families up to £300 a year to help them start and stay in further education. 


Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to start their career. They’ll gain experience and work towards a nationally-recognised qualification, while being paid to do a real job. 

Education and careers advice for young people 

Islington's youth website has lots of information and advice for young people to help them plan their future.

Tube and rail fares 

To find out more about tube and rail fares for students (16-18years old) please visit Transport for London's website.

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