Education and employment options
Advice for school leavers and young people looking for work
Find advice from Ansbury Guidance to help you work out what to do.
Young people have to stay in education or training until they're 18, but this doesn't mean you have to stay at school. There are lots of different education or training options available.
See our Where next? page about 16 to 19 years education and training options to find out more.
Your options include:
With so many options available, it's always a good idea to ask for advice and guidance from an accredited careers advisor or local youth worker, as well as speaking to family and friends about your next steps.
There are other websites that can help you decide what to do at 16:
Find out what help you can get from Ansbury Careers if you're leaving care.
Find the right course for you at 16
Find information about sixth form schools and colleges that offer post 16 courses in Dorset.
You may find it helpful to see what courses are available when choosing your options. Use the National Careers Service search to find out about learning of all types in your area.
If you can't find what you're looking for, you can always contact an advisor for a chat.
Find out what other young people have chosen to do at 16 in the My chosen route section. They could help you decide what to do.
Higher education (HE) and university
Find out about your options for higher education.
Read our top tips for applying to higher education.