Post-16 Options

We want young people in Calderdale to have the right information, guidance and support. To help them make the best Post 16 Choice for them.

C&K Careers should be every young person’s first point of call when they are exploring their Post-16 options and each school within Calderdale has a C&K Careers member of staff attend there each week.

For more information, visit: C&K Careers ,or phone: 01484 225500.

What is available in Calderdale?

There is a lot of Post-16 provision within Calderdale. This 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 apprenticeships available in the Calderdale area, visit: C&K Careers: Training and Apprenticeships or Apprenticeships who fund and co-ordinate the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England.

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 website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Advice for employers

Currently there are no new legal duties placed upon employers with regards to the RPA and employing young people. For further information, 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. If you are aged 16-18, still at school and receive Income Support or income based Jobseeker's Allowance, you can get free school meals. For more information on the benefits that apply and the application form, see: Free school meals .

From September 2014 students who attend College may be entitled to 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. Please contact the College you are attending and ask to speak to their student support for further information.

For information on other financial assistance available, see: Financial assistance for post-16 education .

Grow your future

The Grow Your Future event on 2nd March was well attended by young people, parents and adults interested in apprenticeships. Thanks to all the employers and apprenticeship providers who attended and shared really useful information.

    Get organised event, October 2017

    The event, designed to provide information about the education and training options for students after Year 11, was very successful with over 600 young people attending. There were stands from Calderdale’s colleges and school sixth forms, apprenticeship providers and colleges from neighbouring areas.

    During the event, there were four talks on universities, apprenticeships, local market information and the student view on choosing school or college for P16 education. These were repeated several times during the event. The presentations can be found below:

    If you or your son/daughter in Year 11 were unable to attend our Get Organised Event you can contact your school's C&K Careers advisor who will give you a 'Get Organised Booklet'. This is issued to every Calderdale Year 11 student.