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:


  • Decide which subjects to study next;

  • Understand apprenticeships;

  • Select the right university and the UCAS application process;

  • Write a personal statement; and

  • Other options if academic learning is not for them.

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

  • We believe parents play an important role in influencing their children’s happiness and future success. Our guides are written especially for you– so you can understand all your children’s options and be able to give them the right advice at the right time. We provide:


    • Up-to-date information, including 2021 deadlines for applications;
    • Unbiased information;
    • A friendly tone ;
    • Interactive elements that make it easy to move between sections of the guides;
    • key points that help you focus on the important points;
    • Recommendations for reliable sources of further information if you want to find out more;
    • Online support.

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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.