Colleges and Post 16 Choices

Raising the Participation Age
RAP is a new measure that has been brought in by the Government.  It means that all young people have to be in some form of learning or training until their 18th birthday.  Previously, young people could leave school on completion of their GCSEs and go straight into work.  Now they can still leave school after GCSEs, and they can still work, but the RPA means these young people will need to have some from of recognised learning as part of their post-school activity.

What are the options available after Year 11?

  • Stay in full-time education (e.g. school or college)
  • Take up work-based learning (e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship)
  • Take up full-time work with an additional part-time learning (at least 280 planned hours of education a year) which will result in an accredited qualification
  • Combine self-employment with part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification
  • Volunteer (for 20+ hours) with the addition of part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification.

Please click on the links below for further information on Rotherham Colleges and School sixth forms.  If you want information on any other Post-16 provider, please contact the School's careers adviser.


Thomas Rotherham College
Rotherham College
Dearne Valley College


Aston Academy
Brinsworth Academy
Dinnington High School
Maltby Academy
Wales High School

Wath Comprehensive School
Wickersley School & Sports College

Useful Links

UCAS Progress Search
National careers service
What are employability skills?

Get my first job

Moving on magazine

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