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Applications to university

Applications to most higher education courses ... ... are made online through UCAS. You need to apply between 1 September and 15 January the year before you intend to go. There are exceptions, applications to: Oxford and Cambridge must be submitted by 15 October dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and veterinary…

Career choices 13-14

Choosing subjects and courses in Year 8 or Year 9 This is the first decision that may affect your future, so think about: subjects you enjoy new subjects courses you do well in subjects to help you achieve your future career plans courses that let…

Career choices 18+

At 18, after sixth form or college, your choices include: further study at college or university. a job or apprenticeship, combining work and training a gap year, to earn money for university or get relevant work experience - see the Downloads section on this page. Think…

Career choices at 16

You need to stay in learning until at least your 18th birthday You can choose to do a course, apprenticeship or job with training. Start planning now, think about: yourself – how you learn best, your interests and skills, your expected exam results your career…

Careers information

There's so much out there that deciding on what career to do can be hard Think about careers that interest you and find out as much as you can before making any decisions. See Planning Your Future for a list of careers websites. You can also contact…

Choices at the end of Year 11

As well as taking exams, you will have important decisions to make about your future Students completing year 11 must stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday - see Raising the participation age Your main choices are: an apprenticeship or job with recognised training…

Choosing subjects and courses at 13-14

The subjects you choose will lead to qualifications such as GCSE, Cambridge Nationals or BTECs You will choose your GCSE subjects in Year 8 or Year 9. Your school will give you a booklet listing all your choices or options. Find out as much as you can…

Gap year - pros and cons

There are pros and cons to taking a gap year You need to think about how taking a gap year will affect your future plans. A well thought out and planned gap year can look good on your CV and develop useful skills. Gap years…

How to choose courses to study in Years 10 and 11

It’s important to choose your options carefully, as you’ll be spending the next two or three years studying them and your subject choices at 16 will also depend on what you choose now You have a chance to choose: Subjects you enjoy Courses you know…

Money to help full-time students

Check out the range of help below Family benefits – make sure your family is aware of all the benefits they can claim such as Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit or call these helplines: Child Benefit - 0300 200 3100/textphone 0300 200 3103 Child Tax…

Planning your future

Below are some of the most useful career websites These sites are about jobs and how to get into them: National Careers Service - free database of job profiles from the National Careers Service. Go to ‘Careers Advice’ and then ‘Job Profiles’. Or download the…

Staying in learning - Raising the Participation Age

What is Raising the Participation Age (RPA) and how you can take advantage of it RPA (Raising the Participation Age) increases the minimum age you can leave learning. After Year 11 you will have to stay in some form of education or training until at…

Student finance – full-time students

Student finance costs fall into two parts: Your university or college course must be publicly funded and lead to an higher education qualification. Applications open in February/March A Tuition Fee loan to cover tuition fees. Universities can charge up to £9,250 a year for tuition fees. This may change in academic…

Study abroad

More UK students are choosing to spend time studying abroad However, the implications of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) and people studying in Europe are fully known. For example, it has affected the fees UK students have to pay at universities in the…

Thinking about a job, an apprenticeship or a gap year?

A job Look for jobs with training and the opportunity to gain relevant qualifications – important if you want to move on. Don’t take the first job you are offered if it has no prospects. Not going to Uni and The Big Choice have advice…

University and Higher Education

Institutions of higher education (IHE) include universities and colleges of higher education Many further education colleges also offer higher education (HE) course that are accredited by an IHE Higher education (HE) is education for people aged 18 or over, who have successfully completed a level…

Warning: poor careers information can seriously damage your future!

Check careers information you use is up-to-date and from a reliable source Look at a range of information – as well as looking at careers information in school or college look at careers and company websites.  Questions to ask about careers What qualifications and skills do…

What to study at uni and where to go?

The University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) ... ... has a course search with links to most institutions of higher education and applications to most are made online from the UCAS website, including music conservatoires. Look at course and university details carefully - courses with…

Where are the jobs of the future?

Technology, scientific advances and the way we live are changing jobs and the way we work Many new jobs exist now that were not thought of five years ago. Where are the jobs of the future? The National Careers Service website has careers information in its…