You could take a work-related course that will give you skills and work experience. Some courses keep your options open by giving you the chance to study different subjects. You may need specific qualifications for your career choice, so always do some
Combine work and study
Improve your skills, get work experience and gain the qualifications that employers need.
Continue your studies
Description: Study a subject you took at GCSE in greater depth or choose a new one like economics, law or psychology. You could take 3 broad subjects you are interested in to keep your career
options open or choose ones you need for a specific career.
Description: Designed in partnership with employers to give you the skills and knowledge to get on in the workplace. Combines classroom learning with industry placements to prepare you for skilled
work or higher level study. 1 T Level is the equivalent of 3 A levels.
Duration: 2 years
Assessment: Exams, projects and practical assignments
Leads to: Apprenticeship, work, college or university
Find out more: Speak to your local provider or talk to an adviser
Description: Qualifications that give you a broad overview of working in a specific sector, like business, media, engineering, leisure or science and technology. A mix of classroom-based learning
with the chance to get some practical skills.
Duration: Course dependent
Assessment: Course dependent (coursework and exams)
Leads to: Higher level or degree apprenticeship, further education, higher education, work
Find out more: Speak to your school or college careers leader or careers adviser or our careers advisers
Combine work and study
Description: A course that includes a work placement that will get you ready for an apprenticeship or a job. You’ll get work experience and some help to apply for your next steps. You
can also improve your maths and English skills. You’ll get work experience and some help to apply for whatever you do next.
Location: You’ll spend a minimum of 70 hours in a work placement with the rest of your time in college or a training centre
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Description: Intermediate, advanced higher and degree apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job skills training with off-the-job learning. You'll get training that is relevant to your job
and be paid a salary. Start at a level to suit you, with support if you have special needs or a disability.
Location: You’ll spend 80% of your time in the workplace and 20% off-the-job with some study in a college, training centre or Institute of Technology (IoT)
Duration: A minimum of 1 year
Entry requirements: Will be dependent on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level
Qualifications: apprenticeship certificate, diploma, degree and masters depending on level
Leads to: Work, next level of apprenticeship, further education, higher education
Description: A chance to learn and train with a large company while earning a wage. Offered in sectors like accountancy, engineering, finance, IT, law, leisure and retail. Similar to graduate
employment schemes run over a longer period of time.
Location: You'll often rotate between different locations with the same company to get experience and it can include distance learning or time in college or university
Duration: 3 to 7 years
Entry requirements: Usually high grade A levels or equivalent and a keen interest in the sector you want to work in
Qualifications: A university degree and/or professional qualification