Post-16 Transition

After leaving Trumpington Community College, students must choose whether to: 

  • stay in full-time education  

  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship 

  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while also doing part-time education or training 

Even if a student is confident that they want to apply for an apprenticeship or enter employment, it is important that they have a back up plan, which they have chosen, so that if things do not work out as they hope, they will still have a good level of control over their next steps.  That is why we will expect all students in Year 11 to apply for Post-16 full-time education, and we will support them to do so. 


You can find out more information about apprenticeships by visiting the following websites: 

  • GOV.UK Find an Apprenticeship – This government website enables you to search for and apply for a wide range of apprenticeship opportunities 

Full-Time Education 

Year 11 students in Cambridge have an incredibly impressive choice when it comes to what they do after they complete their GCSEs.  While many students will move on to the larger Sixth Form Colleges, Hills Road and Long Road, or the Further Education College, Cambridge Regional College, schools such as Parkside, CAST, Netherhall and Chesterton have Sixth Form provisions, which offer different courses, such as the International Baccalaureate at Parkside Sixth, or T-Levels at CAST.  These school Sixth Forms are also smaller, and may suit students who are not as keen on a large college environment.  We encourage all of our students to consider carefully which setting is most appropriate for them specifically. 

There are 14 Post-16 centres in the Cambridge Area Partnership, offering a range of courses and subjects.   

CAP Post-16 Centres within Cambridge 

Centre Name  

(click on centre name to access their website) 

Open Events and Taster Days 

(if a link is given, this will take you directly to the registration page for the event) 

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology 

5th July 2024 17:00-20:00

1st November 17:00-19:30

Cambridge Regional College (Cambridge campus) 

18th June 2024

Chesterton Sixth Form 

25th June 2024 - Taster Day

17th October 2024 - 18:00-20:00

Cambridge Maths School 

22nd June 2024  - Year 10 Eureka Day

3rd July 17:30-19:30

18th October 16:00-20:00

Hills Road Sixth Form College 

6th July 2024 10:00-16:00 - Open Event

8th July 2024 17:00-20:00 - Open Event

Long Road Sixth Form College 

2nd July 2024 17:00-21:00 - Year 10 Open Evening

3rd July 2024 17:00-21:00 - Year 10 Open Evening 

The Oakes College (Netherhall) 

4th July 2024 - Taster Day

5th July 2024 - Taster Day

10th October 18:00-20:00

Parkside Sixth 

3rd July 2024 - Taster Day

12th October 2024 - 18:00-20:00

CAP Post-16 Centres outside of Cambridge 

Centre Name  

(click on centre name to access their website) 

Open Events and Taster Days

Bishop Laney Sixth Form (Ely College) 

11th July 2024 - Taster Day

19th October 2024 18:00-20:30 - Open Event

Cambourne Sixth Form 

2nd November 18:00-20:30

College of West Anglia (Milton campus) 

2nd July 2024 - Year 10 Taster Day

Comberton Sixth Form 

7th June 2024 - Taster Day 

26th June 2024 - Open Evening

Impington International College 

10th July 2024 - Taster Day

18th October 2024 17:00-20:00

Northstowe Sixth Form 

2nd October 17:30-19:30

Making applications 

  • Students can apply to one or more different Post-16 centres using MyChoice16 

  • Students make one application, which can contain multiple providers and courses, which will be sent simultaneously to all centres applied to   

  • Students must put their choices of Post-16 centre in order of preference when submitting their applications 

  • The deadline for applications is 9th January 2024, but all Year 11 students at Trumpington Community College will submit their applications prior to the Christmas holidays 

Entry criteria 

  • Entry requirements are the GCSE grades that students must achieve in order to enroll on a particular course and these will vary from provider to provider, and from course to course 

  • Students are advised to find information about entry requirements through providers’ prospectuses, websites and open evenings 

Guidance meetings and interviews 

Offers of places 

  • Post-16 centres will make offers at different times 

  • Students who apply by 9th January 2024 and then attend their guidance interview will be made an offer by 28th March 2024