Thinking about options after GCSEs or Nationals? Find ideas to help you start your job or career plan, and compare different courses.
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How do I choose what to do next?

It’s important to think about what is right for you when making decisions about your future. There are a number of things you should look at when choosing what to do.  

Below are some tips for choosing what subjects or training courses you may want to consider. 

Subjects you like

  1. Are there subjects you enjoy at school that you'd like to continue?
  2. Do you have hobbies or interests you could study?
  3. Do you need any particular grades to get on to courses you're interested in?

New subjects

  1.  Are there new subjects you might be interested in studying?
  2. Some schools and colleges might offer courses in subjects you haven't studied before.
  3. Find out what’s involved in new subjects – ask your teachers and staff you meet at open days.
  4. How do you learn best – in the classroom or by real, practical experience?

Job or career plans

  1. Find out more about any jobs you’d like to work in and if you need specific qualifications.
  2. If you’re aiming for a university course, find out if you need particular subjects or grades to do the one you want.

Where to go – school, college, or work?

  1. What would suit you best – a school sixth form, a larger sixth form, or a further education college?
  2. Would you be better off learning in the workplace?
  3. Are there facilities or activities you’d be interested in that a school or college offers?

Compare courses

  1. Compare courses different providers offer by looking at syllabuses and specifications. Find out which exam board the school or college uses for the qualification you're looking at, and search for and download syllabuses from their websites. 
  2. Find out about the workload of courses. Look at things like how much essay writing, independent reading, or project work you will be expected to do.

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