Choosing your next steps can be extremely stressful and challenging. There are so many different options available to you and you may just not know which one is right for you.

That’s why I’ve decided to write this blog post, explaining all your different options, their entry requirements, and any useful information that you may need to know.

Before we begin, I think it’s important to explain two key terms that we will be using in this post:

  1. Further Education [FE]: This includes level 3 qualifications that are taken after the age of 16. Typically carried out during years 12 & 13 at a sixth form or years 1 & 2 at college.
  2. Higher Education [HE]: This is post-18 education, which you undertake after you have completed sixth form, college, and certain apprenticeships. These qualifications range from levels 4 to level 6.

Now that you know what FE and HE are, click on the drop-down boxes to reveal what’s available to you for depending on what your next steps are.

Now that you are aware of what there is available in both FE and HE, why not have a look at some of the specific details for your options. Click on the drop-down boxes below to reveal key information relating to each of your possible options.

Now let’s take a look at some options for higher education.

I’m sure that all this information is still quite overwhelming, so here is a nice graphic to help you see your options in a different form.


Feel free to get in touch with us via email if you have any questions at all regarding any of these options. We’d be more than happy to give you some help.

Alternatively, you can find more information on our website; we even have a dedicated progression routes e-course to help summarise things for you, the link to which can be found here. Alternatively you can have a look at our choices guide for information on your possible routes.