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In Year 12 or 13 at school or at college and deciding what to do next?

A Levels? Foundation Degree? Honours Degree? Masters Degree? Vocational Course? Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education? NVQ?  Apprenticeship? Job?...

 Do you need to know about:


Just what should you choose?

If you're in Year 12, or the first year of an Advanced level course, you may be wondering if you should carry on to the second year of the course.

If you're doing a one year course of a Higher level (GCSE equivalent) course, you may be deciding if you should carry on up to the next stage at school or college, or get started in the workplace.

If you're in Year 13, doing the final year of your Advanced level course, you may be deciding on higher education - should you go on to a degree course?  If so, which subject to take and where to go?

Maybe you know what you want to do for a career and you're planning to get started on a vocational course, for example a degree in nursing or engineering, or an Apprenticeship, as soon as you've finished your course?

Or maybe you've no idea yet and you're planning to do a general course like a degree in a subject you're good at? 

Whatever you're thinking about doing next you do need to start planning for your future:

Remember, too, that the world of work is always changing. There will be jobs around in a few years that just don't exist at the moment, and jobs that are around now that may not be around for ever - so it pays to find out as much as possible about the job market when you're planning your career.  

Starting points for Career Planning - Your Connexions Personal Adviser will start working with you in school in year 9. Personal Advisers (PAs) can help you with a whole range of issues including help with career choice, choosing your options and planning for your future. Ask for help if you need it.

Kudos or Careescape - Kudos is an impartial online careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions. Careerscape supports young people  with an inspiring online careers resource that is ideal for careers research and complements the use of the matching program Kudos.

National Careers Service Job Profiles - With information on over 750 different jobs you should be able to get lots of ideas, and may just find the right one for you! You can find all about your job ideas including the pay, the training, and how to get a first foot on the ladder.  - why not look at this site which has videos of people doing real jobs?

Plotr - Where can you find inspirational ideas about jobs you’ll love? And who can you trust to help you make smart decisions about your future?

This World of Work Barnsley site provides information on the job market - locally, nationally and globally, as well as all the different job sectors to help you think about the areas of work you are interested in.

So why not find out all about: 

Finding out about learning opportunities

For more information about the courses and work-based training on offer locally for 14-19 year olds see  the website.

For Apprenticeships where you are employed and paid a wage, you can also check out:

For Degree level courses:

Go to the UCAS* website, Updated hourly, this has an online database of 50,000+ HE courses on offer at 324 universities and colleges. You'll find information about subjects, courses, where they are offered, what the entry requirements are and the cost of fees. You can also fast-link to the websites of universities and colleges that interest you.

*UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It provides a central application service for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK.