Ysgol Abersychan School

Post 16 Transition

Everyone knows that parents play a vital role in helping young people make their important decisions that affect their lives. The information here is intended to help parents develop an awareness of young people's choices so that they can give effective advice and support

Before making choices of a college course or applying to a school it is important to research ideas thoroughly. Sixth forms and colleges will want to know why you have chosen a particular course and you will have to give a good reason for your decision. Ask your careers adviser, or teachers for help if necessary. For more detailed information you will need to see college/school prospectuses or look on their websites. For any queries phone them. Application forms are often inside the prospectuses or you may be able to apply online

Schools and colleges have open days/evenings for potential students. We will inform pupils of any dates but sixth forms tend to hold Open Evenings in January/February. Coleg Gwent offers Open days on more than one occasion throughout the year. You should attend open evenings for all the places you are interested in. It's your chance to really find out what places are like and to ask questions that will help you make a decision.

Things to find out: 

 1 How easy is the school/college to get to? (This is very important)

2 What facilities are there? (e.g. sports/library/computers etc.)

3 How many students are there? 

4 What is the class size like?

5 Did previous students get good exam results? 

6 What did previous students progress to? (e.g., jobs or future degree courses)

7 What support is available to students?

Applying for next September

Make sure that you get your application in as early as possible. Some courses are very popular and fill up quickly. You need to have applied at least by the Easter holidays. Some popular schools/colleges have application deadlines as early as December. 

What are my Post 16 Options?

What are my education or career options at 16? - Please see the below video:



Coleg Gwent


 Check  their online prospectus for course details. Pupils may choose to attend one of the colleges. Please note that Pontypool College only offers vocational courses. For A-level courses the nearest colleges would be Cross Keys or Ebbw Vale or Newport.

Please see the below link which will give you information on how to apply to Coleg Gwent online.

Coleg Gwent (Online Application)

Sixth forms in other schools

Pupils may choose to go to an alternative school to study in their sixth form. Local schools include St Albans, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran High or King HenryVIII in Abergavenny.

St Albans -T (01495) 765800. Website: www.stalbans-pontypool.org.uk/

St Albans (Sixth Form Booklet)

Croesyceiliog - T (01633) 645900  Head of Year: Mrs S Lewis 


Cwmbran High School (Fairwater )  Cwmbran High School

(01633) 643950 head.cwmbranhigh@torfaen.gov.uk

King HenryVIIIKing Henry VIII (Sixth Form)

T : +44 (0)1873 735349  For further details about the Sixth Form contact Mr Richard Gilson and Mrs Ann Davies 

But what do you want to study ....
Why choose A-levels? 

A-levels are academic qualifications you can study post 16. They are very well regarded by universities and employers. 

Choosing A-levels - What you need to consider 

If you are thinking about taking A-levels you need to choose subjects that you enjoy, and subjects that you believe that you will do well in, and that will help you to get where you want to go in the future.

After A-levels many students go on to Higher Education at 18/19 whilst others look for an apprenticeship or a job or a combination of these. You need to make sure that your choice of A-level subjects allows you to keep all of your options open if you haven't got  a specific career in mind or will help you get the career or job you would like to do. 

Things to consider

A-levels are a big step up from GCSEs - they are harder so choose your subjects wisely. Your career or degree ideas may change so make sure you choose subjects which you like or can do well in. If you have a career or future degree in mind, check to see if you will need specific A-levels. Look at the job profiles on the national careers service : 


Do research each A-level thoroughly. Have a look at The Student Room for 11 things A-level students wish they'd known.

Use the site: UCAS to search for universities offering the undergraduate course that you are interested in. You can find out the sort of A levels/GCSEs required.

What is an apprenticeship?

 An apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job, building up knowledge, skills and gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. You will spend most of your time in the workplace gaining job specific skills, but you will also be supported by a specialist learning provider to build up your knowledge and qualifications. Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete and the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry you're training in and the skills you already have.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged above 16. They can lead into full-time work or if you find you enjoy working and studying you can carry on taking more qualifications and even progress to a degree. 

For further information look at this site:


Apprentices must have at least five GCSEs A to C grades including Maths and English and usually a Science. Competition can be fierce so good qualifications are important as well as being motivated and committed. The BBC found a record 11 - 17 applications are being made for each apprenticeship. Don't be put off, however, as the highest number of apprenticeship vacancies ever has been recorded of late. To find apprenticeships look on the Careers Wales website:


Alternately, look in the press and contact firms. All apprentices under 19 or in their first year will be paid at least £2.73 per hour but this has recently been advertised as increasing. Many apprentices earn significantly more and the average apprenticeship  salary is about £170 per week.

Apprenticeships are usually advertised after January and applications are usually made before the end of March.

In Cwmbran there is the Newport And District Group Training Association  which trains many apprentices.

Newport And District Group Training Association 

Currently NDGTA has a number of vacancies for apprenticeships. Any person wishing to apply can visit Careers Wales website and complete their online profile or alternatively complete an online application form indicating your preferred engineering discipline. To find the online application see below:

Download and save the form to your computer, complete and return by email to Diane.ndgta©hotmail.co.uk giving it the title "Completed Application Form" 
Application form

Work based training

What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is for young people aged 16-17 in Wales; although if you are aged 18 and have left school or college you could also apply.  You will gain the skills you need to get a job or progress to further learning at a higher level such as an Apprenticeship or Further Education.

Where can it get you?

A Traineeship will give you the support, skills and qualifications you need to move into paid work, an Apprenticeship or to go into learning at a higher level.  Also, what you learn will look good to employers.

Traineeships have three different levels to make sure that you get the support and backing you need to progress: ‘Engagement’, ‘Level 1’ and ‘Level 2 - Bridge to Employment’.

Please refer to the Careers Wales website for more information. If you are thinking of work based training you must see your careers adviser in school.

Looking for jobs

In a very competitive world it is advisable to acquire as many skills and experiences as possible. Use the Careers Wales site to help you to find any vacancies. Look in newspapers and online. Ask people you know too if they have any contacts.

Setting up your own business

See the Careers Wales website for more help and advice.


You or your family might be concerned that continuing in a sixth form or going to a college of further education might cause financial problems. An Educational Maintenance Allowance ( EMA ) is  still available  in Wales in order to provide financial assistance for pupils staying on in school and further advice and guidance on this matter can be obtained either from your careers adviser or from the EMA helpline ( 0845 6013636). For example, it will be possible for your parents to continue to claim child benefit until you are 19 as long as you stay in full time education. 

The EMA, worth £30 per week is available if you are 16-18 years old. If your household income is under £23,077, you may be eligible. To receive EMA you will need to contact Student Finance Wales - you can apply online or complete a written application form. 

The Learner Support Fund (LSF) is available if you are in receipt of EMA/WGLG or if you are in care, a care leaver or have been identified as vulnerable. It can be used to assist you in buying equipment, with childcare costs, with free meals and with bus pass costs.  Applications can be found in colleges and with  your Post 16 providers.


Student Finance Wales: 0300. 200 4050

Local Education authority

Torfaen County Borough


Tel: (01495 ) 766920/(01495) 766918

School and College Transport Post 16

Provision will either be in the form of a Travel Grant (currently £48.00 per term) or a season ticket. If you are 16-18 and would like to apply for a bus pass, you need to apply to your Local Education Authority. If you are approved, bus passes currently cost £10 per term and £1.00 per single journey.Students with special needs e.g. wheelchair provision may be provided with specialised contracted transport (subject to review). You need to apply to your Local Education Authority.

For further information on entitlement contact Kath Worwood, Forward Planning Team on 01495 766915



Useful websites


School and College Transport

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice - scroll down to job profiles enter in the search box jobs or careers that you are interested in for job articles giving the facts.

Below the search box there are also different work headings lists of jobs. For example: administrative/clerical, construction, financial services, marketing/selling, legal services, medicine and nursing, retail sales, science and research and social services.

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships on apprenticeships and vacancies

Future Talent-apprenticeships and training opportunities

E4S - Job-hunting, part-time/holiday jobs, gap year, internships 

www.careersbox.co.uk - a useful site for media Clips from industry sectors and Supporten by the Institute for  Careers Guidance


A useful Site for Media Clips from People choosing different career options, including gap years and industry sectors - supported by CRAC



StudentParents – preparing for University Life

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www.ucas.com - Information on entry requirements and applying for Higher Education courses at Universities and colleges -across the UK.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/ - information on top universities


Volunteering Matters - volunteering opportunities. Follow the links to find your local volunteer office.

www.princes-trust.org.uk/ - a youth charity that helps change young lives.


For further information,  or if you have any queries please contact the school. Contact Mrs Herbert: staff 0010@abersychan.schoolsedu.org.uk .

Careers Wales Gwent can be contacted directly on 0800 0289212. They also have an excellent and informative website: www.careerswales.com

During the summer please contact:

Cwmbran Careers Centre
Unit 21

North Walk
NP44 1PR

Mon - Thurs  -  9.00 - 4.30 
Fri  -  9.00 - 4.00

Pontypool Careers Centre
17 Commercial Street


Mon - Thurs  -  9.00 - 4.30
Fri  -  9.00 - 4.00