Planning your future


  1. Think about what you enjoy doing day to day – maybe this could be part of a future job role.
  2. Explore jobsites and graduate careers – you might find ideas to work or study towards.
  3. Consider the options on this page – different subjects, activities and alternatives to uni.

Some of the subjects you can study

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There are lots of courses to consider

Our guide gives you hints on what to think about when you're deciding what course to choose.

Considering a gap year?

There are so many options available – take a look and see what sounds good. Click the image to get the full version.

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:

Gap years or alternatives to higher education

If you're still not sure what to do yet, or you'd just like a different option, consider the ideas below:

  • take a gap year
  • go straight into employment
  • study in another way
  • study in another country

1. Take a gap year

You can gain lots of skills and amazing experiences with a gap year.

2. Do something work based

There's a range of options available for heading straight into the world of work.

3. Study in a different way

Maybe you still want to study, but in another way.

  • Take a foundation degree – usually two years, gaining knowledge and skills to prepare you for business.
  • Study part-time instead – check out our info on flexible study options.

4. Study abroad

Have a look at the following websites if you're thinking about studying abroad:

You can also get advice from the British Council or the embassies of other countries.