The choices you make at 16 will affect the university courses or type of job you can apply for later, so it's important that you think now about your future career. You need to stay in learning or training until you're 18 but you don't need to stay in school. The important thing is that you continue to learn. This is known as raising the participation age (RPA).
Your options are:
- studying full-time in a school, college or with a training provider
- working or volunteering, combined with part time education or training
- taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship.
If you are 18 or over, the options below are still relevant to you but you may need to seek advice regarding funding for further education.
Explore your options below: