Options after Key Stage Five
- Category: Careers Advice
KEY STAGE FIVE
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ CAREERS ADVICE
www.ucas.com SEARCH UNIVERSITY COURSES
www.university.which.co.uk – SEARCH UNIVERSITY COURSES AND COMPARE
www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance - STUDENT FINANCE (UNIVERSITY LOANS)
www.army.mod.uk JOIN THE FORCES, REPLACE ARMY IF OTHER ‘MARINES, RAF’
www.apprenticeships.org.uk – SEARCH FOR APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES
www.statravel.co.uk GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITIES
POSSIBLE ROUTES AFTER YEAR 13
You can go onto further studies by undertaking Foundation or Honours degree as an Undergraduate, in a course area of your choice. The entry will depend on the course and university but useful websites to begin your search are- www.ucas.co.uk , www.university.which.co.uk.
Know your points for university
This table shows the new Tariff points for some popular qualifications.
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An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. They take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy. As you are studying A level, you will be consdiered for Higher Level apprenticeships, depending on the sector you wish to go into.
Vacancies are found at www.apprenticeships.org.uk, alternatively if you can write to businesses within the sector you hope to work in to see if there are any opportunities.
Sometimes staying in education or training is not for everyone, so you could consider an employment route. This will be applying for jobs that are suitable for your ability and qualifications, completing application forms and sending Cv’s. Job Centre Plus is a good website to begin a job search https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch
Taking a gap year can be done at any time, and some people decide to do this after they have completed A levels or College courses. This is usually before you decide to go to university or even after. Gap years can be spent in a ‘Year in Industry’, working for a company of your desired career, or travelling parts of the world. Most will go travelling and this can be done through various specialist gap year companies or travel agents