There are many pathways into higher education and on to different careers. Choices and decisions at 14 and 16 can influence your child’s future direction.
Pathways into Higher Education
The National Qualifications Framework shows the different routes that can be taken to gain a higher education degree – work-based learning (Apprenticeships and NVQs), vocationally related (e.g. BTEC qualifications) and academic (GCSEs and A levels).
(from: Apprentice Forward).
Exploring jobs and careers
Your child is not quite sure about what to do after school or college?
Try All About Careers or the National Careers Service or Career Pilot to start your child explore what they like (and don’t like), their talents and interests and the kind of job they might like to do.
Your child should look at a range of universities and colleges that offer courses in the subjects they are interested in. Each institution’s website provides details about what their courses involve. It will also give information about other things an institution offers such as accommodation, student life, activities, financial and study support, etc.
Higher education requires students to learn independently and take responsibility for their own study. At university or college they are expected to develop a number of new study skills. Some of these might include:
- Time management
- Reading and note taking
- Research and library skills
- Presentations and Groupwork
- Critical thinking
Many universities offer advice and help for new students to improve their study skills. Browse the links on the Resources page to have a look at some useful websites. Your child can also look at those universities and colleges they are interested in applying to.