- Think about what you enjoy doing day to day – maybe this could be part of a future job role.
- Explore jobsites and graduate careers – you might find ideas to work or study towards.
- Check our advice and links to other organisations in the alternatives to uni section.
There are lots of courses to consider
Decide what's right for you
It might take you a while, but keep thinking about it.
- If you don't find anything you like the sound of right away, at least you'll be narrowing down your ideas.
- Once you've chosen a subject or career, check out which type of study is right for you and how to choose a course.
- There are other ways below to prepare for higher education too, and alternatives if you'd rather not apply for a course at the moment.
Activities before higher education
Extra-curricular activities are great for demonstrating skills on your UCAS application. Maybe something sporting, creative or musical – possibly with key skills like teamwork. Maybe paid work or volunteering, or an activity resulting in a grade, certificate or accreditation. There's so much available – something for all ages and backgrounds:
- clubs, societies and employment in your local area
- art foundation courses – usually required before taking an art and design degree
- higher education taster courses – summer schools like Villiers Park or free online courses like FutureLearn
- science, technology, engineering and maths activities – Crest Awards
- skills development – ASDAN, Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizen Service or young enterprise
- volunteering – vInspired Awards, WorldWide Volunteering Certificate or Project Trust
- accreditation in personal effectiveness for activities that prepare you for higher education – ASDAN
- free online study skills courses