year 11 resources

To help support all of our Year 11s as you prepare to embark upon the next stage of your learning journey, we have collated a number of resources designed to help you catch-up on any areas of development from subjects you plan to continue with, prepare for post-16 education, impart life skills such as financial management and increase employability skills through access to a nationally recognised award.

inspiring digital enterprise AWARD

All Year 11 students have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA). The iDEA Award is a completely free online tool that students can use to develop their digital, enterprise and employability skills.

iDEA is a digital version of The Duke of Edinburgh Award in which participants complete a series of challenges to achieve an award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level and is recognised by UCAS in the same way. Click here to learn more.

free courses

Oak National Academy

Access over 10,000 free video lessons and resources. Search for lessons by subject and year group, or follow their suggested weekly schedule. Subjects include Art & Design, Science, English, Computing, Maths, RE, and more.

National Careers Service Toolkit

Free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Topics include:

  • Practical maths
    2 courses to help with fractions, decimals and other maths skills for work and everyday life
  • Computer essentials
    6 courses to help you use a computer, the internet and office programs like spreadsheets and word processors
  • Personal growth and wellbeing
    6 courses to help with decision making, your mindset and dealing with stress and resilience
  • Professional development
    12 courses to help with interpersonal skills, your professional online presence, leadership and collaboration
  • Business and finance
    9 courses including project and business management, bookkeeping and sales
  • Digital design and marketing
    7 courses including user experience design (UX), graphic design, app design and social media
  • Computer science
    19 courses including cybersecurity, computer networks, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing
  • Coding
    9 courses including HTML, CSS, Python, C, C++

national tutoring programme

For those Year 11 learners that have been attending the National Tutoring Programme online tuition sessions facilitated by, please be aware that your sessions will continue 4-5 on Thursday until July. The sessions will move onto Science shortly after half term.


Virtual Work Experience - 2021

Due to the current situation work experience has been cancelled this year.  However, pupils still have the opportunity to apply for a Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) placement.  The placements listed below are free - all you need to do is sign up and apply. When looking to apply for a VWEX, please ensure they are undertaken during the holiday period, so it doesn't impact on the school learning day.

Websites to look at include:

  • Speakers for Schools
  • Springpod  
  • For those interested in a career in the healthcare industry, there are opportunities here. (Please note VWEX with Premed Projects incur a charge.)
Engineer Your Future - VWEX opportunity
Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub, in partnership with Springpod, is giving students in Years 10-13 the opportunity to discover what a career in engineering is like during a Virtual Work Experience programme starting on July 5th.
By taking part in the Engineer Your Future programme, student's will get a clear understanding of what working in the industry will actually look like, complete real work and assignments and interact with industry professionals during live webinar sessions. Upon completion, they will receive a certificate to add to their CV and/or personal statement.

The VWEX programme will take place between 5th and  9th July 2021, however students do not need to be available full time during those dates but do need to be able to complete 10 hours of work over the week to complete the programme.

Please contact Mrs Fenwick - Careers Coordinator St Joseph's Catholic School if you are interested:


Careerpilot — A free one-stop website helping 13-19 year olds in the South of England to find out about all of their options. Careerpilot also has a Parents Information Zone to help parents/carers support young people in making the right decision about study and work.

Careercompa@nion — Provides students and parents/carers with the most up-to-date, independent, and impartial careers information about education, apprenticeships, labour market information, special educational needs, job hunting, qualifications, and more. (Login with username and password: stjosephsstudent)

eCLIPS — Helps young people to make informed study and career decisions. It has accurate information on over 1400 jobs including live labour market information and lots of advice on education and employment choices. (Login: StJosephs)

National Careers Service — They provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. This service is available to people who live in England and is free.

Young Work Wiltshire — If you are aged 16-24, you will be able to link up with services and opportunities available to you on the Young Work Wiltshire virtual youth hub. They have joined up with partner organisations to make it easier for you to access the support available here in their one stop shop.

Apprenticeships — A search tool to help you find apprenticeships in England.

For lots more information and useful resources about Virtual Work Experience and other post-16 options, see our Careers Portal.