Wondering what to do after high school? You can take many different paths. There is no right or wrong pathway, it’s all about doing what is best for you!
Check out the different options below:
A Levels come after GCSEs and are more academic focused compared to vocational qualifications, which are more practical.
Are A Levels right for me?
If you prefer more theory and academic learning and would like to cover a broad range of subjects then A Levels could be the right choice for you. You might need A Levels to achieve a specific career goal or to be accepted onto a particular university course so make sure to check the entry requirements beforehand.
T Levels are a relatively new pathway, launched in 2020 and follow GCSEs. They are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They help prepare you for work, further training and study.
Are T Levels right for me?
If you’re looking to combine classroom learning with on-the-job experience through an industry placement then T Levels could be the right fit for you. UCAS tariff points are allocated to T Levels and they provide an entry route into higher education and employment.
An apprenticeship combines off the job learning with paid employment so you can gain real experience and work towards a nationally recognised qualification. They can be done at various levels from intermediate to degree. This means you can get a degree qualification, at no cost to you!
Is an apprenticeship right for me?
If you prefer practical, hands on learning and are eager to enter the world of work then an apprenticeship could be for you. You’ll a full time job with 20% off your working hours spent doing off the job training while you work towards gaining a qualification.
Going to university will enable you to study towards a degree at a particular higher education institution. You’ll combine learning through a mixture of independent study, lectures, group projects and seminars.
Is university right for me?
If you enjoy academic learning or need a specific degree to achieve your career goals then university might be right for you. In most cases a degree will take 3 years to complete. You will need to check the entry requirements on the university website for particular courses.
Other options include: supported internships, technical and vocational qualifications, applied qualifications, exam retakes, traineeships, school leaver schemes, internships, kickstart jobs, a gap year.