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Making Choices in Year 12

If you're considering your options after Sixth Form, there is a lot of information online, but it can be hard to find. Here are some sites to help you get started.

  • National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
    This contains a wide range of information on many different routes to work, college or university. Free tools on the site include: CV Builder; Skills Health Check; Skills for Success tool.
  • Career Pilot www.careerpilot.org.uk
    This site was originally designed for students in the south west of England. It includes some really good general tips on jobs, colleges and university.
  • Apprenticeship finder www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
    Search for different apprenticeships in different areas, from a very wide variety of providers.
  • UCAS https://www.ucas.com/ 
    Even before you can create your UCAS account and start applying to university, you can search for courses or keywords that interest you, and narrow your search to a certain geographical area if you like. This can be useful to see how courses with the same name can differ in content, or entry grades. Some courses could also be named differently, but contain similar material (e.g. 'Business' and 'Management'). The best way to get to grips with this is to start exploring it now.
  • The Student Room www.thestudentroom.co.uk
    A forum by students for students, and information on general university topics. See topics about different courses, exams, and universities, as well as lots of discussions about student life. There is also the Student Finance Zone with information on loans and grants.

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