Option post-16

If you start planning early, it could save you loads of pressure and stress later on.

Further information

Further education (FE)

A course at a local college could boost your grades and help you gain more skills or improve existing ones. Check with colleges to see if there would be a charge. See UCAS Progress for more information.


With an apprenticeship you can work towards a qualification, learn new skills, get on-the-job training and earn money all at the same time. It can even lead to studying for a foundation degree or degree. Select the apprenticeships quick link above for further information.

Higher education (HE)

You can take a higher education course at university or college. There are qualifications in hundreds of different subjects including degrees, foundation degrees and HNDs. Select the UCAS quick link above for more information.


Most jobs with training are offered as apprenticeships. Some firms advertise management training for holders of A Levels (or equivalent). However, there's often a lot of competition for these vacancies. Other jobs, including part-time and temporary jobs, can lead to a permanent full-time career if you prove you have the right skills and attitude.

Gap year

A gap year can be taken between finishing sixth form or college and starting higher education. You could travel, volunteer or get paid work.