There are many different career paths available and choosing the right option for you can be a challenge.

On this page you will find a brief outline of the options available to you and many helpful links.


Involve study and training within a job, usually taking 1 to 4 years. You will work alongside experience staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and study towards a qualification.

Further Education:

Studying beyond year 11 studies appeals to many students and comes in a variety of forms:

-A Levels

A levels are highly valued by universities and employers usually taking two years to complete and are offered to 16-19 year old in sixth forms of schools or colleges.

Intermediate qualification equivalent to an A-level which can provide a route into higher education or employment and involves a mix of classroom-based practical learning and theory.

A work based qualification which provides the specific skills and knowledge required for a particular job, available on a full- or part-time basis to all ages.


Academic lecture based study providing a degree qualification with specialist knowledge you'll need for a specific career along with developing key employability skills. Courses range from 3-4 years.

Finding the right job for you:

School leavers are increasingly choosing to go straight into employment after school and whilst there are a huge variety of jobs available it is vital to choose a job you are either interested in and a ‘stepping stone’ in achieving you ultimate career choice.



Click the following links for more information

• Advice for year 8 onwards 

• General career advice

Graduate advice