Options after 6th form
After year 13 or 14 you have a number of options...
If you want to get a degree there are a number of ways you can do this.
- Go to university to do a full-time degree.
- Go to university part-time. This will free up your time to work or volunteer.
- Do an Open University degree course. You study online in your own time.
- Many further education colleges also offer degrees and other higher education courses.
- Go to university abroad.
- Erasmus - enables uni students to study abroad as part of their degree.
- Fulbright - offers scholarships and exchange programmes to UK students wanting to study in the US.
- Study in Europe - guide to studying in Europe.
- Hot Courses Abroad - search for thousands of courses abroad.
- Study Overseas - focuses on life and studying in various different countries.
Do an apprenticeship, school leaver training programme or sponsored degree.
The last few years has seen a lot of interest in these opportunities and many companies have developed new and updated entry programmes for students with A Levels, or equivalent, qualifications. Many companies offer Higher Apprenticeships or School Leaver Programmes which enable you to get qualified whilst earning a wage; or Sponsored Degrees where you work and get paid while working towards a degree which the company pays for. Click here for a list of companies that offer Apprenticeship/Higher Apprenticeships or Sponsored Degrees.
If you didn't get the grades to get onto an Advanced Apprenticeship or Sponsored Degree you can do an Apprenticeship - you normally need none to a few GCSEs depending on the subject/company. Click here for a list of companies that take on apprentices and click here for a list of current vacancies.
Get a job
There are many jobs available that don't involve a training programme. The best places to find these are:
- Local newspaper job sections
- Recruitment Agencies
- Universal Jobmatch/Job Centre
- Recruitment Sites: Monster, Reed, Indeed, Totaljobs, Jobsite etc
- If you want to do Art & Design at uni you may want to do a foundation course at your local college first.
- You can re-take your A Levels or take different subjects or qualifications.
- As long as you enrol before your 19th birthday further education is free.
- Go to college open days to speak to advisers and tutors about your options.
- Visit Access Professions to get alerts about open days, opportunities and events.
Take a Year Out
Take a break, volunteer, travel, work or study. Check out the volunteer section for more info or take a look at Year in Industry which offers internships to undergraduates and HE students in Engineering, Business, Marketing and IT.