Young people have to stay in education or training until they're 18, but this doesn't mean you have to stay at school.
Your options include:
Find out more on our Where next? page.
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 the right course for you at 16
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.
Higher education (HE) and university
Find out about your options for higher education.