Your choices at 16
Help with choosing your post 16 options
A good place to start planning your post 16 options is to think of these three questions.
- Where am I now? (What qualifications, skills, interests, etc. do I have?)
- Where do I want to get to? (What would I like to be doing in 5 years time – job, house, children, etc.?)
- How will I get there? (What course or training is likely to get you where you want to go?)
Of coure, at 16, young people don't necessarily know the answer to all these questions, but now is the time to start exploring information about careers, jobs, courses, etc.
If you really aren't sure about what you want to do in the future then 'stay broad', which means do a range of subjects, so that you can decide later!
Things to help you choose:
- See the 'Useful links to help with choosing’ section to find lots of information sources that can help you make your post 16 choices.
- Explore the A Levels section
- Explore the Apprenticeships section
- Explore the Vocational Qualifications section
- Explore HE at 18/19 or later section
- For information on how to choose A Levels and the things to consider
- Look at FE Choices which is the official site for comparing the performance of further education colleges and other organisations that receive Government funding to educate and train people over the age of 16.
- See information from the Russell Group of universities on how to choose your A level subjects, subjects required for different degree courses and a five-point plan to making your post 16 plan.
- For information about whether a BTEC is for you
- For information on job sectors.
- For information about different qualifications and their levels.
- Explore opportunitities to volunteer.
- If you would like to get online or telephone advice from a careers adviser you can click this link to access an adviser from the National Careers Service