Your choices at 18 years old
So what are your choices at 18 years old?
After undertaking your A-Levels, vocational qualifications or apprenticeship, you now have the choice to:
Remain in further education or adult community education
Continue onto higher education
Undertake an apprenticeship or progress onto the next level (if already on an apprenticeship)
Undertake a traineeship to gain work experience and work ready skills
Find a job
Set up your own business
Gain experience through volunteering
Plymouth’s Apprenticeship Opportunities Bulletin for School Leavers – August 2020
What qualification levels and pathways mean
Financing further study
What a bursary is for
A bursary is money that you, or your education or training provider, can use to pay for things like:
clothing, books and other equipment for your course
transport and lunch on days you study or train
If you’re 19 and over:
You could get a discretionary bursary if you either:
are continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ’19+ continuer’)
have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
How can I find further details:
Colleges can provide advice on the process to apply for funding
For further education:
For higher education:
Advice for navigating your way to University or College
Applying to University or College
Useful links to support choosing your next steps at 18 years old with Skills Launchpad Plymouth
Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed
Youth Card is a free mobile app that provides a one-stop shop for 11-25-year-olds for self-led discovery of educational, career and personal development opportunities in a safe environment.
Youth Card is uniquely placed to help your students by offering:
Free access to UK-wide financial and enterprise programmes.
Free access to a UK-wide network of 7,000 youth organisations.
Free access to inspiring podcasts, broadcasts and short films by heads of industry and high-profile speakers like:
Free access to a wide range of youth-friendly discounted services in the UK and Europe.
Local further education colleges
Local adult and community learning providers
- Focus Training Group
- Greenlight Safety Consultancy
- Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre
- ODILS Learning Foundation
- On Course South West
- Shekinah Mission
- Sunflower Women’s Centre
Local higher education institutions
Student guide to Post18 qualification results 2020
We understand how unsettling the last few months may have been for you, since schools, colleges and other providers were closed to many and exams were cancelled.
This guide should help you understand how results have been awarded this year and where to find more information.