Post-18 Options

You might like to use the website www.careerpilot.org.uk for help with post-18 options.

University

Thinking of going to university? Before making any decisions, get clued-up on the reasons to go, what life is like and what it’s going to cost.

Why should I go?

Going to university will make you more attractive to employers and you will have lots of new experiences. You will get to study your favourite subjects in more depth, and if you study away from home you will find out what independent adult life is like. But university is not for everyone. It can be expensive and stressful.

What should I study?

Doing any degree shows employers that you are smart and motivated – important skills for any job. The main thing is to study something you want to learn more about. Talk to your teachers or careers advisor. They will advise you on which university subjects are best for your personality, skills and abilities.

Can I afford it?

At the moment, average student debt can be as high as £30,000. You may get a bursary and a student loan but tuition fees, rent, food and nights out all add up. Many students have to work part-time to cover their costs.

What is student life like?

You are expected to study hard, but university is also fun. The social scene is buzzing around and you will make new friends and try new things. It may be hard being away from friends and family though, and money will be tight so make sure you know how to budget.

Can I get a good job without a degree?

While some jobs require a degree, there are plenty that do not. You will need a degree if you want to study something specific like medicine. You are likely to start on a lower wage without a degree.

There are many options for school leavers. Distance learning is a good way to get a degree and avoid debt as you can have a full-time job and study in the evenings. Some universities offer scholarships or can give you additional money towards your study. There is the option of studying abroad with many universities across the world teaching a huge spectrum of courses. Tuition fees are often a lot lower if you study abroad and you get to experience living in a new country.

You can search for university courses on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com

Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships

(See Apprenticeships section)

Gap Year

You may also be considering a gap year. Consult this site for advice: www.gapyear.com

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