Where Next?

Education or training options?

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When you leave secondary education, there are lots of options available. You can choose from:

  • full-time education at college, sixth form college or school sixth form
  • work based learning, such as an apprenticeship or foundation learning
  • part-time education or training if you are employed, self employed or volunteer for 20 or more hours a week.

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Deciding what to do

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It is important that you take the time to research which option is best for you.

  • What learning style suits you best? Do you like being in a classroom? Do you prefer practical subjects? Do you prefer exams or course work, or possibly a mixture of both?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? What subjects do you enjoy?
  • What would you like to do in the future? Think about where the course, work based learning or job will take you.

Speak to your parents/carers, teachers and careers adviser to help you decide what to do. Don’t choose courses just because your friends are choosing them.

A Levels – Sixth Form College

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There are over 80 A Levels available, and you will be able to choose from the courses offered at your college or sixth form. AS and A Levels prepare you for higher education and employment, and are useful whatever you plan to do afterwards.

You will study AS units in the first year and A2 units in the second year. If you choose to study a subject for one year and pass the AS units, you will receive an AS qualification. Some subjects cannot be studied at A Level without having studied it at GCSE.

Sixth Form Colleges

Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Holy Cross Sixth Form College
Manchester Rd
Bury
BL9 9BB

T: 0161 762 4500
F: 0161 762 4501
E: information@holycross.ac.uk
W: www.holycross.ac.uk

Oldham Sixth Form College

Oldham 6th Form
Union St W
Oldham
OL8 1XU

T: 0161 287 8000
E: information@osfc.ac.uk
W: www.osfc.ac.uk

Rochdale Sixth Form College

Rochdale Sixth Form College
College Road
Rochdale
OL12 6HY

T: 01706 769 800
E: info@rochdalesfc.ac.uk
W: www.rochdalesfc.ac.uk

St Anne's Academy Sixth Form

St Anne's Academy
Hollin Lane
Middleton
Manchester
M24 6XN

T: 0161 643 2643
F: 0161 653 8746

E: admin@stannesacademy.org.uk
W: www.stannesacademy.org.uk

Colleges

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Access to Music
Manchester
St James Buildings
65 Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 6FQ

T: 0161 393 8260
E: admissions@accesstomusic.ac.uk
W: www.accesstomusic.co.uk
Curriculum and Operations Manager: Jon Moxham

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Bury College
Woodbury Centre
Market Street
Bury
BL9 0BG

T: 0161 280 8280
F: 0161 280 8228
E: information@burycollege.ac.uk
W: www.burycollege.ac.uk

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Middleton Campus
Rochdale Road, Middleton M24 6XH
T: 0161 643 7560
F: 0161 643 2114

Rochdale Campus
St. Mary’s Gate, Rochdale OL12 6RY
T: 01706 345346
F: 01706 641426

E: enquiries@hopwood.ac.uk
W: www.hopwood.ac.uk

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The Manchester College
Ashton Old Road
Openshaw
Manchester
M11 2WH

T: 0161 203 2100
E: enquiries@themanchestercollege.ac.uk
W: www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk

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Myerscough College
St Michaels Road
Bilsborrow
Preston
Lancashire
PR3 0RY

T: 0800 652 5592
E: enquiries@myerscough.ac.uk
W: www.myerscough.ac.uk

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Oldham College
Rochdale Road
Oldham
OL9 6AA

T: 0161 785 4000
E: info@oldham.ac.uk
W: www.oldham.ac.uk

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Salford City College
Head Office
Frontier House
Merchants Quay
Salford
M50 3SR

T: 0161 631 5000
F: 0161 211 5020
W: www.salfordcc.ac.uk

Apprenticeships and Training

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Government Apprenticeship website

T: 0800 015 0400
E: nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk
W: www.getingofar.gov.uk

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IT sector apprenticeships
Synergy House
Manchester Science Park
Manchester
M15 6SY

T: 0161 227 1000
E: theansacademy@ansgroup.co.uk
W: www.ans.co.uk

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Logistics sector apprenticeships
Mantra Learning and Job Gym Manchester
Greengate
Middleton, Manchester
M24 1RU

T: 0161 653 5767
E: enquiries@mantralearning.co.uk
W: www.mantralearning.co.uk

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NLP Centre of Excellence
26 Woodford Road
Poynton, Stockport
SK12 1DY

T: 0333 444 0152
E: info@excelwithnlp.com
W: www.nlp-trainingcourses.com

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Oldham Training Centre
Lees Road
Oldham
OL4 1JP

T: 0161 624 5360
E: info@otctraining.co.uk
W: www.otctraining.co.uk

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Positive Steps
3 Union Street
Rochdale
OL16 1DY

T: 0800 195 8528
W: www.positive-steps.org.uk 

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Rathbone Central Support
4th Floor, Wellington House
39-41 Piccadily
Manchester
M1 1LQ

T: 0161 233 8300
E: external.communication@rathboneuk.org
W: www.rathboneuk.org

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Rochdale Training Association
Fishwick Street
Rochdale
OL16 5NA

T: 01706 631417
E: info@rochdaletraining.co.uk
W: www.rochdaletraining.co.uk

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The Skills Company
Canal Suite Reception
Lee House
90 Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester
M1 5JW

T: 0161 233 2656
E: recruitment@theskillsco.com
W: www.theskillsco.com

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Careers in the Food & Drink Industry
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The Catalyst
Baird Lane
Heslington
York
YO10 5GA

T: 0845 644 0558
W: www.tastycareers.org.uk

Vocational

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ACC Bolton
20 Great Moor Street
Bolton
Lancashire
BL1 1NP

T: 01204 364111
T: 0345 600 8080
W: www. army.mod.uk/join

GMP

Central Park
Northampton Road (off Oldham Road)
Manchester
M40 5BP

T: 0161 872 5050
E: recruitmentservices@gmp.police.uk
W: www.gmp.police.uk

University Centres

Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Holy Cross College & University Centre
Manchester Rd
Bury
BL9 9BB

T: 0161 762 4513
or 0161 762 4529
E: university@holycross.ac.uk
W: www.holycross.ac.uk

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Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Building
All Saints
Manchester
M15 6BH

T: 0161 247 2000
W: www2.mmu.ac.uk

UCLAN

University of Central Lancashire
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 2HE

T: 01772 201 201
E: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
W: www.uclan.ac.uk