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Advice for life

There's lots of information and advice for the things affecting your life: Including where you can get help from local and some national organisations. If you have a decision to make or a problem to solve, just click on the links below or search the…

A and AS Level, T Level - GCE Advanced Level and Advanced Subsidiary, Technical Level

A levels are offered by ... ... school sixth forms, sixth form colleges and some some further education colleges. They can also be studied through distance learning and: are usually studied over two years are offered in over 40 subjects need a minimum of five…

Application Forms

What you need to think about when filling in an application form Employers often ask for completed application forms rather than CVs.This means everyone sends in the same kind of information and the applicants can be compared easily and fairly. You will be asked to complete…

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…

Apprenticeship and work-based training providers

Find out about local training courses for 16 to 19 year olds Check out the apprenticeship, training, job and learning opportunities in the latest Weekly Opportunities Bulletin and the Youth Employment Bulletin. Training providers: Create Jobs - opportunities within Theatre, Art, Dance and Advertising DiVA Apprenticeships - training…

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are jobs with training Training is a mix of on and off-the-job training, leading to qualifications at level 2 or 3. Watch the video below to help you understand more about apprenticeships. Higher and degree apprenticeships are also available at Level 4 to 6, equivalent…

Awards/certificates/diplomas

BTEC and other Awards, Certificates, Extended Certificates, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are vocational and work-related qualifications They may be studied full or part-time in schools and colleges from the age of 14. They are offered at levels 1 to 4 and are usually ‘BTECs’, 'Cambridge…

Benefits for young people

Benefit rules and regulations are complicated Young people under 18 (and sometimes under 20) may not be able to claim many of the benefits available but if you are living independently or have an illness or disability or you are a parent, then do check out if you…

Can I work anywhere?

If you are under 18, you are not allowed to work where: there is gambling there is alcohol, unless the work is part of an appropriate training scheme such as an apprenticeship you have to carry heavy loads, clean machinery or work with dangerous substances…

Career and learning timeline

Learning and career planning go together Do all you can to develop lots of skills and learn about the work. This Career Timeline will help you in make good decisions at the right time, about your future. It really isn’t too soon to start looking ahead!…

Career choices

Use your skills and talents Think about the sort of person you are, the skills and interests you have and the learning and careers available. Use the career matching and course finder tools in Planning your future to help you. Info here can help you make choices:…

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…

Certificates and diplomas

Certificates and diplomas are ... ... vocational and work-related qualifications. They may be studied full-time or part-time at a range of levels. Part-time courses may form part of a higher apprenticeship. Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) - Level 4 Qualification: offered at universities, colleges and further…

Check out what's happening in the job market - trends

Using job information when planning your career and job search can help you make the right choice Below are some tools and graphs to help, it includes information about pay and qualifications and what's happening with jobs. Careerometer Careerometer lets you search and compare jobs…

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…

Choosing subjects and courses for Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

It’s important to choose your options carefully Find out as much as you can about the subjects offered. Your school will give you information listing all your choices or options. You’ll be spending the next two or three years studying them. Your choices at 16…

Consumer rights

Are you a confident shopper? Do you look around before you buy? There are laws to protect you when shopping. Knowing these may save you money and help you get good service. Do you know your rights? Consumer rights explains who can help you if things go wrong.…

Contact us

If you want more information about the Youth Council, please feel free to get in touch: Email youthcouncil@islington.gov.uk Phone 020 7527 2552  Twitter Instagram

A contract of employment

This is important. You should get a contract within eight weeks of starting a job even if you don’t, ask The terms and conditions of your contract begin as soon as you start work.  When you receive it, check it carefully as it sets out…

CV or Curriculum Vitae

A good cv can get you an interview It should outline your career aims, education and work experience to date. The information on your CV will also help you to complete application forms. It will help to have it in front of you when ringing employers about…

Debt advice

Although you can’t get a bank loan or credit card until you are 18 years old ... ... many young people do get into debt by borrowing money from friends. If you find you are constantly short of money or having to borrow you need…

Difficult relationship? Need advice?

Need more information or help with difficult relationships with family and friends? Or are you finding it hard to cope and need to talk to someone? If you want to talk to someone outside the family about something that is worrying you, you can ring…

Disability, know your rights

There are laws that protect you from being treated less fairly than people without a disability. Understanding your rights and the adjustments you can expect from school, college, university and employers is important. It will give you, and those helping you, the confidence to plan ahead…

Drinking too much? Need advice?

Islington Drug and Alcohol Service for Young People offers free, confidential advice and support at T: 020 7527 5099 or at Pulse T: 020 7527 1300 Islington Drug and Alcohol Helpline T: 0808 800 0019 is open 24 hours, seven days a week and can help you or…

Drugs, alcohol and addictions

If drugs, alcohol or addictions are causing you, your family or friends a problem - there are people who can help you Islington's Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service, (IYPDAS) offers specialist support for a range of drug, alcohol and addiction problems, such as gambling, for…

Education 11-14

Getting Started in Years 7 to 9 Everyone is both excited and scared about starting secondary. This information has advice to help you: settle in and make the most of new opportunities learn about careers and learning choices choose the subjects in Years 10/11(Key Stage…

Education and training

Try to get the best secondary school education you can During the first two or three years at secondary school you will follow the same curriculum or range of subjects as other 11 to 13-year-olds, giving you a good general education. In Year 8/9, you…

Education and training 16-18

What next — life after Year 11 Look at all the choices and how they fit in with your career plans. After Year 11 you must now stay in learning until your 18th birthday. Your main choices are: a full-time course an apprenticeship or traineeship a…

Education and training 18+

Thinking of going to a university or college to do a higher education course? The information and advice here is designed to help you, starting with course research through to applications and on to freshers’ week (the first week of university). Find out how to…

Employment agencies

Employment agencies provide a staff recruitment and selection services to companies Agencies are not allowed to charge the job seeker a fee - the employer pays. There are two exceptions to this - entertainment and modelling work. Agencies vary in the range of jobs they offer. The…

Employment rights including equality and permission to work in the UK

There are laws covering employment They include equality and discrimination, and employment rights, such as the right to a contract, pay, working hours and holidays, as well as rights around unfair dismissal and trade unions. Here is information on all your rights at work on…

Entry Level qualifications

Entry level qualifications are for: anyone who has missed out at school people with learning disabilities anyone who want to try something for the first time. They are offered at three levels:  Entry level 1, 2 and 3. After Entry level 3 you can move…

Equality

The Equality Law 2010 Under this law: Everyone is treated equally and is protected from discrimination - being treated differently, less favourably or worse than others. The law is not easy and understanding what counts as discrimination is also not easy. If you feel you…

Family problems? Need help?

If you're worried and want to talk to someone about family problems ... ... such as parents splitting up or someone dying, you can contact Childline T: 0800 1111. You can also find useful information on the websites below: Parents splitting up: GOV.UK - Find out the impact for…

Finding job and apprenticeship vacancies

It's worth reguarly checking all these places employers advertise their vacancies Try looking at the suggestions below: local newspapers. Most have a special day. Most libraries have copies of local papers you can look at or you can read them online. You can use the internet…

Finding jobs and apprenticeships

Finding, getting and keeping a job or apprenticeship that suits you may well take time Do you know where to look for job vacancies? Need help to improve your CV or prepare for an interview? Start by looking at the Bulletins in the News Feed section…

Five tips for anyone thinking about using skunk

You don’t have to smoke skunk! finding other, less risky, forms of cannabis can be hard; but it’s better to use something else if you can find it. But remember also you don’t have to smoke weed at all. You won’t necessarily enjoy it, and…

Foundation degrees

Foundation degrees (FdA, FdSc) are ... ... employment-related higher education qualifications. which have been designed with employers to meet their requirements and are: offered by universities, colleges, and some further education colleges (accredited by higher education institutions). in vocational subjects, such as housing, social care,…

Full-time study at a school sixth form or college

There are courses to suit all interests and students of all abilities Courses and qualifications include: A Levels or International Baccalaureate. These are good if you want to take a range of subjects, like to study and do well in exams. A levels are the…

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…

GCSEs - General Certificate of Education - Level 1 and 2

GCSEs are the qualifications most young people take in Years 10 and 11 This is also known as Key Stage 4. They are usually studied over two years but in some schools young people will start studying their GCSEs in Year 9. GCSEs are offered in…

Have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan? Looking for education and training opportunities?

If you're leaving school and moving on you will need to have a plan for what you want to do next. It may feel a bit scary but you will get help to make decisions from a careers adviser, your teachers, people who know you, your parents and…

Health and safety at work

There are rules and regulations that apply to lots of workplaces to help keep you safe and well and prevent workplace deaths Your employer has to ensure that you have a safe working environment. There should be training and protection, such as safety boots or…

Healthy lives

Although it can be tough to do the right things, the benefits for mind and body of a healthy lifestyle are well known: you have more energy you don’t get ill so often (as a result of a boosted immune system) you feel happier (as…

Home and family

Are you worried about your family and things at home? Most families have problems at some time. This can include serious illness, a death, money problems, family members not getting on or finding it difficult to talk about problems. All this can affect you in…

Homeless, or thinking of leaving home?

If you are thinking of leaving home and want to talk to someone about it ... ... you can contact Childline a free confidential helpline for young people T: 0800 1111. If there are problems at home and you have moved out and are homeless, there…