• A Guide to Further Education


Welcome to our Further Education guide. If you're studying towards your GCSEs and thinking about where to go next, then you've come to exactly the right place. This is going to be a big step, but don't worry, on this page we've brought together loads of information to help you:

  • Decide whether Further Education should be your next step.
  • Work out whether to study at a school or college.
  • Choose which subjects are right for you.
  • Discover what it'll be like to continue with your education.
  • Find out about funding your studies.
  • And don't forget to check out our definitive list of FAQs at the bottom of the page.

Choosing what to study
Choosing what you want to study is a much harder task than choosing where, so why not take some time to find out what subjects and qualifications you can take.

Alternatively, see what other options are available:

International Baccalaureate

  • See our wiki page about the IB system, or visit our IB subforum.

Vocational opportunities

Scottish Highers

Still confused? Then pop down to the Study Help forums, and ask for our members' advice!

What to do after GCSE
So now you've finished studying your GCSEs, but what should you do now? With some form of education or training compulsory up to the age of 18, it's important for you to work out the best route for you. Where do I start?

So what options do I have?

Need help deciding?

  • Do I study at sixth form or college? - See our article on What's right for me?
  • Think home studying might be suitable for you? Then see our wiki article on home learning.


Still can't decide? Then head down to the Study Help forums to get students' opinions!

Preparation for Further Education

About to start your further education, or maybe you're keen to find out what it'll be like in advance? We have lots of relevant information written by students who have been through it all before, to make things easier for you.
Show me the money!

Fed up of being nagged by your parents, or not having enough money to hang out with your friends? Then find out how you can earn money alongside your studies!
  • Read up on our information about Education Maintenance Allowance to see if you’re entitled to a weekly allowance of up to £30.

Already a student in Further Education?

Then you might be thinking about university. If so, why not check out our University pages to help you decide where to study!

Have your exams coming up soon? Then check out our revision resources to help you succeed!

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All About You

Continuing your education isn't all about studying and exams. There's also space for you to develop yourself as a person. This can be both exciting and challenging at the same time.
If outdoor activities and survival skills sounds like your thing, then you may be interested in taking the Duke of Edinburgh award.
Budding entrepreneur, or have a great idea for a business? Then the Young Enterprise scheme will be right up your alley.
Been a victim to bullying in the past? Then visit TSR's anti-bullying society for tips on regaining your self confidence.
Finding the pressure of expectation a little too much? Then our Health and Relationships forum should be able to offer you some advice.

Read our Further Education FAQs

Have a specific question? Then see our FAQ list, answered by students.
What advantages will I gain by studying further education?
Can I change my A-Levels choices after I have started?
How many A-Levels should I study?
How will the work load differ to GCSEs?
What alternatives do I have to A-Levels?
For a full list of FAQs, click here.
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