Everyone now has to continue in education or training until they are 18 – but there are options beyond staying in school. Find out where you could go next...
- A levels: The most common route if you want to go to university, although not the only one. You'll pick three or four subjects that you are particularly interested in, and study them for two years. (If you live in Scotland, you'll do Highers instead.)
- International Baccalaureate: A two-year course covering a wider range of subjects than A-levels, some of which are compulsory.
- Cambridge Pre-U: A two-year course, made up of three main subjects of your choice and coursework.
- Foundation learning: If you don't yet have the qualifications to take the next step you want, foundation learning can help to fill in the gaps. Different programmes are available in different areas, so contact your college or local council to find out more.
Apprenticeships come in a variety of levels, and while they're intended mainly to prepare you for a career, you can go on to university with the qualification you get.