16+ Options

Staying in education is compulsory until you are 18 years of age, which means when you leave King’s Lynn Academy at 16, you have different options.


A-levels are one of the main routes to higher education and university. Entry to university is worked out on the UCAS points system – qualifications add up to give you a score that determines your entry to higher education. Students usually study three or four subjects.

A-levels can be studied locally at sixth forms, such as King Edward VII Academy, or at colleges, such as the College of West Anglia.


Apprenticeships offer you the chance to earn whilst you learn, giving you real-life training in the industry of your choice. Apprenticeships cover practical areas, such as brickwork, carpentry, catering, childcare, hairdressing, health and social care, horticulture, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing, as well as areas such as retail, IT, management and customer service.

For more information, visit the government’s apprenticeship website or see the apprenticeship opportunities available locally at the College of West Anglia.

Vocational courses

Vocational courses offer an alternative route to higher education and university, as well as being subject-specific to the career and job you would like to do. They are available at entry level, level 1, level 2 and level 3 – find out more about vocational course available locally at the College of West Anglia.