Changing direction at 17
On a one-year course and starting to think about what you want to do next?
Part way through a two-year course and starting to think about your future plans?
At work or training and reconsidering your future?
Options after a one year course
Take a further course in the same or similar subject area
Take a new course altogether
Start work or training
Staying in full-time education
For some courses there are clear progression routes onto higher-level courses in the same or a similar subject.
However, if your present course has not been quite what you expected or your plans have changed, you may be thinking about taking another course in a different subject area. Use Coursefinder to investigate the range of courses available locally.
Starting work & training
Job opportunities vary from area to area and depend on your qualifications and other skills. If you are looking for work you will need to think about the type of job you want to do and whether there are likely to be any vacancies locally.
Apprenticeships are offered in different areas of work - these give you the chance to work and gain nationally recognised qualifications. You can find details of opportunties on the National Apprenticeships website.
If you are part way through a two-year course you may be thinking about your options when you finish. You could:
- Start work & training
- Take another course in a related area
- Take a more specialised course
- Go on to higher education - if your course is at advanced level
Planning what to do next may seem a long way off but generally you need to be researching and considering your plans in the first year of your course.
If you're already in work & training
Returning to full-time study is an option: further education courses are generally free to under 19s. However, you could also consider part-time study to improve your qualifications.
Apprenticeships are offered in different areas of work and you can look for work with another employer.
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