Year 11 Planner

This handy planner is useful to guide you through your final GCSE year:



  • Revise for your mock exams - these grades are important when applying for courses
  • Start to do some online research about what you might like to do after 16


  • Sit your mock exams
  • Use the Christmas break to further research your  next steps


  • Order some prospectus’ of places that interest you
  • Start to attend open evenings of places you have short listed
  • If interested in an Apprenticeship, try and speak to a careers adviser and open an account on the Apprenticeships website (external link)


  • Continue to attend open events
  • Start to complete application forms for colleges or training places
  • Ensure you have back up plan too (apply for more than one place)


  • Try to ensure that application forms have been returned by the deadline which is usually around Easter (this is sometimes earlier though, so check)
  • Update your CV


  • Attend any interviews that you are invited to. Try and reschedule any you can’t attend
  • Open a bank account as you may need one soon


  • Your GCSE exams will start this month so make sure you revise and are fully prepared


  • You will have more GCSE exams this month
  • Perhaps start to look at getting a part-time job or or gaining experience through voluntary work over the summer

July / August

  • Summer Holidays: perhaps get involved in local activities, get a part time job or do some volunteering
  • Remember to pick up your GCSE results from school on results day!
  • End August/September: ensure you enrol on your chosen course
  • Seek help immediately if your plans fall through (0800 100 900 National Careers Service)

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Page Last Updated:

September 14, 2022

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