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16-18 Advance course


16-18 Advance course

If you’re aged 16-18, the Advance course is designed to help you move forward and prepare for your future career. By the end of the course you'll be more confident and more employable!

With so many different options out there it can sometimes be difficult making choices about what you want to do. Being prepared for work is vital, as employers are looking for more skills and experience than ever before. The Advance team are here to help you get to where you want to be.

What is the Advance course?

Advance is a course designed to help you make informed decisions about your future, while preparing for employment in an area you'll enjoy, and in which you'll succeed.

The Advance course could be suitable for you if you:

  • would like some support and guidance in selecting the direction you want to go in
  • are looking to explore your career options through work experience and vocational tasters
  • need to build your confidence and social skills before moving on to your next steps
  • haven’t achieved your maths and English qualifications and would like to work towards these with support from a tutor
  • don’t feel ready for apprenticeships, employment or college

Advance can be joined straight after Year 11, and is one of the options available to school leavers as part of the government’s requirement for them to remain in education or training up until the age of 18. You will be allocated your own personal mentor who will coordinate all aspects of the course.

What does the course involve?

Vocational tasters

A range of vocational tasters is available, delivered by industry specialists, in areas which include:

  • business
  • childcare
  • hairdressing
  • hospitality
  • health and social care
  • IT

There may also be the opportunity to sign up to industry talks from local employers.

Work experience

We work closely with employers to offer placements, providing vital work experience which is so important in today’s job market. You'll be required to complete a work placement for two or three days each week. This will be with a local business and based on your interests and future aspirations.


Functional skills in maths and English will be completed as part of the course. If you didn’t achieve a grade C or above in these areas at GCSE level, it's an opportunity to gain these qualifications, with the relevant levels of support.

Employability skills

You'll learn about what employers are looking for, while developing existing and new transferable skills. Employability skills include:

  • communication
  • problem solving
  • working under pressure
  • team working
  • organisational skills
  • negotiating skills

Social development

If a lack of confidence is something that is preventing you from pursuing your chosen pathway, there will be an opportunity to improve your social skills through group activities, teamwork and one-to-one support. Advance provides an inclusive learning environment for all, encouraging involvement best suited to individual needs.

The course content will be based on the goals you want to achieve.

When does it start?

Whenever you’re ready to begin! Whether this is straight after leaving school or at any point during the year.

What are the progression opportunities?

The Advance Team will help you move on to a traineeship, apprenticeship, employment or college.

How do I apply?

Apply online, or contact us for further information. Once your application is received we'll arrange a time for you to meet an Advance key worker.