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What's Next

Preparation is key to success, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead. There’s a lot to keep on top of throughout Years 10-13, so our “What’s next” tab will always contain information that’s especially relevant at certain times of the year.

Acing a career with an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships provide a way of combining learning with on-the-job training, which helps build solid, professional skills transferable from one organisation to another. Apprenticeships are available after GCSE and are a great alternative to full-time study for those students that prefer practical experience over classroom learning. Similarly, apprenticeships can be a great choice after sixth form or college. 

If your teen isn’t comfortable with committing to several years of further study, they can take one- or two-year options and, if they change their mind later on and decide they wish to extend the apprenticeship to gain higher level qualifications, this is often possible. Find out why apprenticeships could be the best career pathway for your child.

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Everything you need to know about university

For students thinking of applying to university this year, deadlines are fast approaching – 16 Oct 2023 for medical/Oxbridge applicants, and 31 Jan 2024 for other applications.


The Parents’ Guide to University details the different university types, how to prepare for open days, what to include in a personal statement, the UCAS application process and considerations when choosing course types. Everything you need to understand what’s expected of them, and so you can help your teen through the process.

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"Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools"
Harris & Goodall, University of Warwick

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