Further education at 16+
What will I be able to do after the course?
While you are on the course your college tutor or college careers team will be helping you plan what you will do after the course.
Now, all young people are required to stay in some form of education and training until they are 18 (most stay even longer).
This has increased the numbers of young people studying at college or doing an Apprenticeship.
Top 5 options after a college course.
1. Go on to another college course
Many students progress on to the next level of a course e.g. from a Level 1 to a Level 2 or from a Level 2 to a Level 3 course, so that they can continue to develop their skills and knowledge.
Other students change their career goals and apply for a different subject area.
You could choose to progress to the next level within your existing college or move to another college.
2. Start an Apprenticeship
Lots of young people progress onto work with training through an Apprenticeship.
3. Go onto Higher Education
Students studying a Level 3 course such as A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, Art Foundation Course or Access to Higher Education course can choose to go on to study a Higher Education course such as a degree, Foundation Degree or HNC/D.
They might study a higher education level course at a college, a university or study online through the Open University.
4. Work and study
Lots of students get employment after their course and then continue to study alongside work. This could be for a professional qualifications such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, The Association of Accounting Technicians, etc. Professional courses might be funded and supported by an employer.
There are also other options to study alongside work, through distance learning, evening classes at a college, etc.
5. Gap Year
Some students choose to have a 'gap year' after their course. This might be to develop work skills, do voluntary work, travel, etc.
Here are a few links to gap year experiences that help develop skills for future life and work:
- The Year in Industry programme
- Deloitte’s 30 week paid gap year programme
- The Year Out group has many different gap year programmes which have been approved for their quality.
- Travelling is a popular part of a gap year and there are companies such as STA travel that are aimed at young people going round the world to help them get the most out of their trip.