What's next?

How can you help your child choose what to do after GCSE or sixth form, if you’re not sure what their options are? Let us give you an introduction into different levels of education and what options are most suited to which type of student. Download our free 'what's next' guide or explore our comprehensive range of easy to read support articles and parent Q&A page.

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The Parents' Guide to Helping your child know what's next

Whether they’re 15 and starting to think about what they might like to do when next year’s GCSEs are over or whether they’re 18 and making plans for adulthood, we’ve created this guide to help you understand what choices your children have and what action they can take to get them to the next stage of their educational journey or career path.


This guide is not written so you do the work for them! It’s a source of ideas so you feel confident and have plenty of suggestions to help encourage and direct your child when they are not sure what to do next.

This guide includes information on how your children can:

  1. Decide which subjects to study next;

  2. Understand apprenticeships;

  3. Select the right university and the UCAS application process;

  4. Write a personal statement; and

  5. Other options if academic learning is not for them.

If you know of other parents who would find this guide useful, please share or direct them to this page.

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We have 50 years of research showing that what families do matters. Whether it’s loving school, university access, good attendance, or academic success, family engagement has positive correlations with all sorts of indicators

Dr Mapp - Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Wherever we refer to ‘parents’ we mean ‘parents and carers.’ This includes grandparents, older siblings or any other  person with significant caring responsibilities for children.