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After year 13 or 14 you have a number of options...

Higher Education

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.

Study 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:

Further Education

  • 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.

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