Resources to help you help your students search for courses and decide what to do, including lesson plans, and websites and services for schools.
Resources to use with your students
- What are my options? explores the range of post-16 choices available to students. While our qualifications page lays out in detail the main qualifications available.
- Choosing where to study or train explores the differences between school sixth forms, sixth form colleges, FE colleges and training providers.
- The ideal next step for some students may be a traineeship or apprenticeship. We have details on both options.
- Students may want to explore their career options – we have information on job families to help them choose the next step.
- We have a series of videos explaining how to use UCAS Progress, as well as an FAQ.
- All students in England will be offered a post-16 study programme incorporating information on their training or courses as well as personal development.
- Our applying guide has information and step-by-step advice on how to apply to courses through UCAS Progress.
- We also provide interview tips and guidance on writing a personal statement.
- Use our assembly presentation to get your students started with UCAS Progress Search and Apply.
Lesson plans and ideas
We have a selection of lesson plans and ideas which you can download and use in your classroom. You may also want to sign-post our step-by-step guide to students.
- Apply lesson plan
- Search lesson plan
- Eight steps to making an application
- How to complete the Personal statement
- How to complete the profile section
Useful websites and services for schools
- TES Growing Ambitions – information and resources for teachers and careers professionals
- Inspiring the future – free service with volunteers from lots of sectors and professions going into schools and colleges to talk about their jobs
- Speakers for Schools – the 'sister' charity to Inspiring the future
- My Big Career – charity supporting the provision of 1:1 careers guidance for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Bright Knowledge – charity helping young people access the education and career pathways they might not think were available to them, providing careers info, advice, online mentoring and online resources
- Future First – organisation supporting schools and colleges setting up an alumni community to offer support to current students, such as career and educational role models, mentors and work experience
- Prince's Trust – runs a range of programmes working with disadvantaged young people
- Thinking About University – resource for students in Years 5-13, provided by University of Warwick
- Informed Choices – Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 education, with a view to going on to higher education
- LifeSkills – a range of free, interactive curriculum-linked lesson plans, workshops and resources to help young people develop the skills to enter the world of work and access work experience opportunities, traineeships and Apprenticeships.