Choices at 16

At age 16, you need to stay in education or training until you are 18. This does not mean that you have to stay in school, there are lots of different options.

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Get an apprenticeship

With an apprenticeship you can earn money, experience work, gain qualifications and start your career - fast.

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A-level choices

Making choices about post-16 learning including A-levels is an exciting time with lots of interesting choices

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Career Options

Figuring out what you want to do for work can be confusing, here are resources to help you explore your options.

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Go to College

Continuing with education after GCSEs is a popular choice, with lots of different ways to learn

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Out of learning?

Dropped out of education or had to leave? Aged 16-19, or up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities? Here's what you need to do:

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School leaving age

Children must stay in education, training and learning until age 18. This can be at school, college, or (after age 16) in a job with training, like an apprenticeship.