School Leaver Survival Guide 2020

Leaving school can be worrying and confusing at the best of times, but this year, you might feel more worrying and confusing because of the impact of Covid-19…

This survival guide is packed with information about where to get help and what to do next – whether you’ve already applied for a place in college, sixth form or training provider or not!

  • Section 1   Where can you get help and advice from?
  • Section 2   Frequently asked questions
  • Section 3   Local provider websites

Where can you get help and advice from?

Section 1


Just because you are no longer in school, doesn’t mean that you can’t access help from there.  In fact, your school and the careers team are the first place for you to contact for any help that you need as you leave Year 11 and move into further learning or training.  The staff at your school are available to support you with any questions or concerns about moving onto college, sixth form or an apprenticeship.

If you’re not sure who to contact, your school’s Careers Leader will be listed on their website.


The I Know I Can Team will be available for you to talk to, as will your school’s Careers Team, when you get your GCSE Results on 20th August. Follow us on Twitter – @IKICbarnsley – for more updates.   If you want to think about your next steps after Year 11 and beyond, you can also use the IKIC website  to access these useful tools:


A web-based programme that helps you look at different careers, what you can earn and what skills you might need. It also has information on the different pathways you can take:  

National Careers Service

Information advice and guidance to help young people make decisions:


Find out about some of the different options post-16:


Find out what apprenticeships, traineeships or supported internships are available near you:

Frequently Asked Questions

Section 2

Local Provider Website

Section 3

Check out these websites to apply or for updates about courses, start dates, virtual tours!

AMRC Advanced Manufacturing
Babington Business College
Barnsley College
Barnsley Sixth Form College
Barnsley FC: Reds in the Community
Chapeltown Academy
Construction Skills Village
Dearne Valley College
Greenhead College
GTA Doncaster
High Speed Rail
Hospitality Industry Training
JTL Training
Moorland College
Leslie Frances Hairdressing
Longley Park 6th Form
Northern Racing College
Penistone Sixth Form
Pontefract New College
Reds in the Community
Rotherham College
Royal Navy
Sheffield College
Shelley College
Stubbing Court Training
Thomas Rotherham College
Trackwork Doncaster
UTC Sheffield
YH Training Services
Wath Sixth Form
White Rose Beauty College