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Hertfordshire County Council

Further education

After your GCSEs, you have the option of further education from a college or 6th form.

Find your nearest college or 6th form


Virtual School 16+ service

At 16, the Virtual School will assign a personal adviser to support you with further education, training and employment. They will:

  • attend your year 11 planning and review meetings
  • advise you on financial matters
  • monitor your attendance and progress, if you have given permission
  • give advice and progress updates to your carers and other professionals working with you.

 

Higher education (Virtual School)

If you want to go to university, our Virtual School offers workshops and advice by email, phone and social media on:

  • education options, including degree apprenticeships and study abroad
  • UCAS and CUKAS applications
  • managing budget, debt, and student finance applications
  • advocating on your behalf to universities and financial organisations
  • arranging student housing and resolving disputes
  • extensions, deferring and gap year options
  • health and wellbeing, including referrals to specialists
  • careers and postgraduate courses.


You can also get a higher education budget of up to £5,500 a year from our Virtual School to cover your education and maintenance costs, if you:

  • attend workshops before starting university
  • have good attendance at university
  • take part in up to 3 budget reviews a year
  • stay in touch with your higher education advisor.


Find out more about the Virtual School

 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a mix of real work and workplace training.

Find out about the roles and benefits available to Hertfordshire County Council apprentices.

Find apprenticeships for 16-19 year olds in Hertfordshire.

Find apprenticeships in the UK and abroad, plus work experience, gap years and distance learning.

Search thousands of UK vacancies and find out the advantages of apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience.

 

Jobs

Job Centre Plus offer extra support to care leavers. Find your nearest centre.

Government advice to find a job that suits you or find courses.

Find out what jobs are on offer in Hertfordshire County Council.

Great advice for 16-19 year olds on choosing a career, employment options and finding a job.

You can also get tailored support from YC Hertfordshire. Speak to your personal advisor for more information.

 

Volunteering

Volunteering can make you feel good, give you mental stimulation and provide a sense of purpose. If you're struggling to find work or just don’t know what to do, volunteering is a great way to gain experience and prove commitment to future employers. It can also give you connections that lead to paid work.

You don't have to make a long term commitment. Find an opportunity to suit you.

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Cookies

Like many other websites, we place small information files called 'cookies' on your computer.

Why do we use cookies?

To remember your settings, for example your language and location. This means you don’t have to keep entering these details when you visit a new page.

To find out how you use the site to help us update and improve it.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change the settings of your web browser so that it won’t accept cookies. For more information visit AboutCookies.org.

But, doing this may stop you from using some of the online features and services on this website. 

Cookies we use

Cookies do a lot of different jobs, and we use 2 types of cookies:

Required functionality cookies – these cookies are essential for the website to work.

Performance and feature cookies – these cookies help to improve the performance and feel of this website, for example providing you with personalised services.


Take a look at a list of cookies we use on our website:

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Required functionality

An automatic cookie set by our software. 

Just for the time you are on our website.

ServerID

 

Required functionality

An automatic cookie set by our software. 

Just for the time you are on our website.

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Required functionality

To track the effectiveness of our website using Google Analytics. 

2 years

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Performance and feature

To save the pages that you visit by clicking the heart at the top of the page. 

1 month

geoPostcode

Performance and feature

This stores your postcode (or partial postcode) when we ask you for your location.

Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

geoCoordinates

Performance and feature

This stores your location as a pair of latitude / longitude coordinates.

Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

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Performance and feature

This keeps a history of all answers submitted to the ready reckoner.

This is set in the control for each ready reckoner. If you haven't interacted with the ready reckoner for the set amount of days, the cookies are deleted.

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Performance and feature

This keeps a history of what content cards are clicked on when using the ready reckoner.

This is set in the control for each ready reckoner. If you haven't interacted with the ready reckoner for the set amount of days, the cookies are deleted.

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Required functionality

This used to track user sessions on forms hosted on eservices.hertfordshire.gov.uk

Just for the time you are on our website.


Third party cookies

There are links and content from other sites and services on our website. These sites and services set their own cookies.

Below are a list of cookies that the other sites and services use:

Service namePurposeMore information

Google analytics (_utma/b/c/z)

These are used to compile reports for us on how people use this site.

Cookies of the same names are also used for the same purpose by other websites such as Building FuturesCountryside Management Service and Hertfordshire LIS.

Visit the Google Analytics website for more information about the cookies they use.

You can prevent data from being collected and used by Google Analytics by installing Google's Opt-out Browser Add-on.

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This cookie is used to remember which language to translate each page into if you have chosen to do so.

It expires at the end of your browser session.

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