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Places to study at 16

Students now have to stay in education or training until they are 18. The good news is, there is more choice than ever about where they do their study or training.

At 16, you could go onto a school sixth form or to a sixth form college, but there are also lots of other places where you could choose to study.

Click the links below to find out more.

If you are interested, then explore a provider's website to see what they offer and how to apply. Also, get advice and support from your school, family and friends to make sure this is the right choice for you.

At 16:

The range of places you can study other than in a sixth form or sixth form college are:

  • Further Education Colleges - offer a huge range of courses that can help at every stage of life from Level 1 courses through to degrees, and professional qualifications, Colleges also offer short and part-time courses.
  • Apprenticeships with an employer - offer a way to learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time.
  • Work or voluntary work with training towards a qualification (ask your teacher for more information).
  • University Technical Colleges -  are government-funded schools that offer 14–18 year olds both academic and technical education, related to specific job sectors.
  • Studio Schools - teach through enterprise projects and real work. This approach ensures students' learning is connected to the real world and helps them develop the skills they need for life and work.
  • Free Schools - these are like Academies but are set up to meet the demand of a local community.