At Queen’s we appreciate that not every family is the same which is why our programmes and events in the widening participation unit is inclusive to all young people and their supporting adults, whether this is their parents, guardians, keyworkers, foster carers or other adult relatives. Planning on what to do once they leave school is a major decision for young people and the information below is to help you support them through this decision making process.
What are the options for young people when they finish secondary School?
Apprentices study while they are working in a paid role. They involve on-the-job training as well as classroom-based teaching so that apprentices learn the skills they need to work in that chosen organisation.
Further education colleges are the main providers of vocation and technical education and training. They offer higher education programmes ranging from GCSEs and A levels to BTECs, HNC’s, Foundation Degrees, Apprenticeships, Degrees and other specific training programmes.
The six colleges are:
CAFRE College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise offers specific courses on agri-food and land. The three CAFRE campuses are:
Young people may wish to go straight into employment from higher education. This could provide them with opportunities to build experience and develop their confidence.
After secondary school, some young people decide to give themselves a year in order to travel, work or volunteer. If they wish to go to University after their gap year, they should still apply in year 14 and then defer their start date for a year.
Reasons for young people to continue to University after Secondary School are:
How can you support your young person?
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