Post-16 Options

We want young people in Calderdale to have the right information, guidance and support. This will help them make the best post-16 choice.

C&K Careers should be every young person’s first point of call, when looking at post-16 options. C&K Career's staff visit each school in Calderdale, weekly.

For about this, visit: C&K Careers , or phone: 01484 225500.

What is available in Calderdale?

There is a lot of post-16 provision in Calderdale. It includes 12 schools with 6th forms , colleges and apprenticeship providers:

Schools with 6th forms


Calderdale College is the largest provider of further education (post 16) courses and work-based learning (apprenticeships). It is also the sole provider of higher education awards in Calderdale.

The Maltings College is a specialist 6th Form vocational college delivering recognised work-based qualifications in a warm, caring environment. The student focused, industry rich, teaching team offers success through enterprise to learners. This prepares them for higher study and the world of work.


For the Calderdale area, visit: C&K Careers: Training and Apprenticeships .

For England, visit: Apprenticeships who fund and co-ordinate the delivery of apprenticeships.

Useful information

  • UCAS Progress allows young people between 13 and 17 years old to search for courses across England and Wales;
  • The National Careers Service has careers advice and information on jobs, training course resources and funding.

Advice for employers

For more on this, see: Employing 16-18 year olds .

Financial assistance for post-16 education and free meals

Free school meals are available if your parents or carers receive certain benefits. You can get free school meals if you are:

  • aged 16-18;
  • still at school;
  • getting Income Support or income based Jobseeker's Allowance.

For more on this, see: Free school meals .

Some students who go to college can get free meals depending on their or their parents/carers circumstances. You must be aged between 16 and 18 and cannot be on an apprenticeship course.

For more on this, contact student support at your college, or see: Financial assistance for post-16 education .

Grow your future

This event (2nd March) was well attended by young people, parents and adults interested in apprenticeships.

Thanks to all the employers and apprenticeship providers who were there and shared really useful information.

    Get Organised event (October 2017)

    The event was to give information on education and training options for students after Year 11. It was very successful, with over 600 young people attending.

    There were stands for Calderdale’s colleges, school sixth forms, apprenticeship providers and colleges from neighbouring areas.

    There were talks on universities, apprenticeships, local market information and the student view on choosing school or college at post-16. The presentations can be found below:

    If you could not get to our Get Organised event, contact your school's C&K Careers advisor. They will give you a 'Get Organised Booklet', which is issued to every Calderdale student in year 11.