What will I be able to do after the course?
While you are on your course (often called study programme) your tutor or a tutorial support team will be helping you plan what you will do after the course.
Top 5 options after a college course
1. Go on to another college course
Many students progress on to the next level of a course e.g. from a Level 1 to a Level 2 or from a Level 2 to a Level 3 course, so that they can continue to develop their skills and knowledge.
Other students change their career goals and apply for a different subject area.
You could choose to progress to the next level within your existing college or move to another college. It’s really important you get lots of advice and guidance about choosing your courses or changing subjects because you want to ensure you are making the best use of your time in free education.
2. Start an apprenticeship
Lots of young people progress onto work with training through an apprenticeship.
3. Go onto Higher Education
Students studying a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels, a BTEC Level 3 qualification, Art Foundation Course or Access to Higher Education course can choose to go on to study a Higher Education course such as a degree, Foundation Degree or HNC/D. Applications for higher education are all made through one website – UCAS. Each college will have tutors or advisors to help their students through this process.
Students might study a higher education level course at a college, a university or study online through the Open University.
4 Work and study
Lots of students get employment after their course and then continue to study alongside work. This could be for a professional qualification such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, The Association of Accounting Technicians, etc. Professional courses might be funded and supported by an employer.
There are also other options to study alongside work, through distance learning, evening classes at a college, etc.
5. Gap Year
Some students choose to have a gap year after their course. This might be to develop work skills, do voluntary work, travel, etc.
Here are a few links to gap year experiences that help develop skills for future life and work:
- The Year in Industry programme
- Deloitte’s 30 week paid gap year programme
- The Year Out group has many different gap year programmes which have been approved for their quality.
- Travelling is a popular part of a gap year and there are companies such as STA travel that are aimed at young people going round the world to help them get the most out of their trip. Whatever you decide make sure you use a reputable company, have adequate insurance and take care!