This section is aimed at helping you, the parents, understand the options open to your children when they are at or about to leave school.

This section also has information on funding for further study from professional bodies as well as how to get into the professions via non-academic and vocational routes. The sector summaries provide information on the professional jobs available and how to get into them.

Our gap year section has information on taking a year out of education or work, with advice on gap year placements and other activities.

What about the vocational or practical education route? You may find Edge - an independent education foundation - useful. It is dedicated to raising the stature of practical and vocational learning. Use their site, along with our sector summaries to check out the non-graduate routes to becoming a professional.

Not sure what advice to offer about getting into university? You may find the information provided in the Post 16 year olds useful. The following resources will help you understand the process

  • Pure Potential provides information on key areas and important decisions where you might offer advice.
  • Push provides a light-hearted, but very useful guide to every university in the UK.
  • UCAS provides information explaining higher education and the application process.


Our HE Tasters and Summer Schools page provides advice on how to get an experience of university life. And check out Funding for information on what it will cost and sources of help.