A summary of the choices your child has once they are 16 years old

  • What your child chooses to do after sixth-form or college will have a big impact on their future. It’s not just about what they study and where they study, it’s about choosing a path that gives them the greatest chance of success depending on what is best for them as individuals. For those that don’t want to do a degree, there are lots of different ways to enter the workplace and many provide further qualifications along the way. This guide provides a summary of all their choices at 18 years old, including:


    • University
    • Degree apprenticeships
    • Other apprenticeships
    • Higher education courses at college
    • Traineeships
    • Jobs with training
    • Gap Years
    • Starting their own business

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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.