16-25 What’s Next?

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Choosing the right option can be confusing and even a scary prospect but this does not have to be the case. Being informed is the best way to making a choice that is right for you. Options range from academic to vocational or even work-related programs suited to your situation, strengths, and career interests. 

START Local London careers platform will help you to discover your future and navigate your journey through education and into the world of work. Bringing together everything you need to discover and prepare for your dream job, from CV tips to information on what and where to study.

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When it comes to the question of what to do after school or college, there are lots of choices to be made. You can choose from: Apprenticeships, Traineeships, T Levels, A Levels, Technical and vocational qualifications, Applied qualifications, and Supported Internships.   

Explore START Local London to better understand your post 16 options or find out where you could continue your education within Waltham Forest.   

Need more help deciding, use the post 16 Diagnostic Tool.

Schools, colleges, and training providers all have funds to help if you are studying or starting a full-time course and face financial hardship. For advice, speak to the student support services where you study or are thinking about studying.   

Confused about your options after school, college, or sixth form? UCAS have created a great resource which will tell you all you need to know about the routes available to you, to help you decide what to do next. 

You could apply to university, go on a gap year, take on an apprenticeship, find an internship, or start your working career. Whichever option is right for you this page will help you find the answers to all your questions about your next step in life. 

If you are thinking about university and are in financial need, you might be eligible for one of the education trust funds we administer. 

After studying for a degree working out what is next can be a tricky question. Head over to prospectus for their suggestions on routes to take after graduation

Do not forget to check out our opportunities page, if you decided you are looking for employment.