Finishing compulsory education is an exciting time and there are lots of different options to help you pursue your ideal career.

Moving forward

STAR SITE: http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/ the place to find funding for UK/EU under and post graduate study + Degree Apprenticeship schemes. Provides detail on thousands of scholarships, awards and bursaries designed to widen access to Universities as well as details on the 14 industries currently offering Degree Apprenticeships.


So you’ve turned 18 and compulsory learning is finished. If you haven’t yet gained a level 3 or below then remember you can go to a Further education college to progress.


If you know what career you want to pursue, you might be able to get a qualification while you are in paid work. You can do a Higher Apprenticeship in a range of different jobs.


If you are finishing compulsory education and have achieved a level 3, you might want to carry on with your studies. Whether there is a particular subject you would like to study, or if you are just looking around, it’s a good idea to start researching your options.

  • UCAS will provide you with all the information you need about universities and courses. The website displays the entry requirements for all university courses, the specific grades you will need and all course details to help you choose the best option for you
  • Uni Stats includes official data on each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey. It provides information such as jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students
  • Which University helps you look at what to study, where to go and how to get there
  • Best Course 4 Me gives the option to put in the A-levels you are studying and gives ideas of courses to follow
  • The Southern Universities Network helps you to find outreach activities to support you to engage in Higher Education in the south.


Graduate Job South provides good overview of what an internship is and how to secure one. It provides a list of great for local opportunities.

Supported internships for young people with education, health and care plans at City College Southampton


Our favourite job search sites are:


  • Do-it offers information about volunteering opportunities
  • Vinspired shows you how to improve your employability through volunteering and work experience

Smart Futures

Smart Futures is a great paid experience of work for ambitious, bright Year 12s that can improve your chance of getting a job after school or going onto higher education.

They are looking for applications from those of you who are:

  • Currently in Year 12 (England) or Fifth Year (Scotland)
  • Eligible for free school meals at some point in the past six years
  • Attending a state school
  • Studying any combination of A-level/International Baccalaureate/BTEC Level 3s/Standards/Highers
  • Ambitious and motivated to join the world of work
  • Looking for a great paid work experience this summer that will help you secure a job after school, or a place at university.