There are different pathways available to you, so make sure you know all of the choices as you move on to the next exciting chapter in your life.
What should I do next?
If you’re trying to figure out the ideal ‘next step’ for you, start by thinking about what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing and where you see yourself in the future.
If you know what you want to do that’s great! But if you are still not sure, think about the skills you have and how you could use them in the workplace.
In England, students have to stay in education or training until their 18th birthday. For more information on this please see the >log on | move on> link opposite to find out about available support.
If you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, please see the >log on | move on> link opposite to find out about available support.
Your choices at 14
Some subjects are compulsory at GCSE level and have to be taken by all young people. The compulsory subjects are:
- English (English Literature and English Language or a single English GCSE)
- Science (Core Science, Double Science or Triple Science)
Some schools make other subjects compulsory, so it is worth checking what you are required to do at your school.
Whatever you are planning to do in the future it is now a requirement for you to retake both maths and English GCSEs, until you obtain a Grade 4 in the new GCSE grading system.
Your choices at 16
At 16, you have many more choices open to you than you had at 14, including which type of qualification pathway might suit you best. Bear in mind that you can move between pathways later and that progression to higher education is possible from all pathways.
> log on | move on > is a website for young people to search and apply for courses in and around the Hull and East Riding area. The website features an online prospectus that anyone can access, to search for courses and opportunities, and the option to search for training and education providers. There is also an application system that lets young people create an account and apply for different courses through one application form.
Information and Inspiration
Another section of the > log on | move on > website, is the Information and Inspiration area. This gives young people and parents/carers the chance to gain further information and advice about the different options available. Different sections include:
Next Steps after Year 11
- Travel & Transport
- Money Matters
- Subjects & Qualifications
- Be Your Own Boss
- Apprenticeships & Traineeships
Get Inspired About Your Future Career
Developing Your Employability Skills
- Work Experience
- Part-Time Work
- Employability Passports
Do you have additional needs?
- SEND Advice
- Additional Needs Prospectus
Getting a part-time job?
Getting a part-time job whilst you are still in school is a great way to learn some new skills and gain experience, as well as earning a bit of cash!
If you are still in school and interested in getting a job there are a few things you need to check first. Make sure you know about the following:
- Restrictions on the number of hours you can work
- Working during school hours
- Type of work
- Licences you need
- Who is responsible for you
This can be support from a parent/carer, a teacher or friend. Speak to a member of school staff who you feel comfortable with. Don’t let the stress build up.
Signs of Stress
Exams and tests can be a challenging part of school life for young people, but there are ways to ease the stress.
Children and young people who experience stress may:
- worry a lot
- feel tense
- get lots of headaches and stomach pains
- not sleep well
- be irritable
- lose interest in food or eat more than normal
- not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed
- seem negative and low in their mood
- seem hopeless about the future
Expectations from Parents
Parental pressure can be damaging for a young person. If a parents expectations are too high, it can cause stress.
Every parent knows his or her child’s potential. The problem is that they are not ready to accept it. They think they can push the child beyond his capacity by putting them in special classes.
This causes maximum stress in the child.
Having someone to talk to about school work can help. This can be support from a parent/carer, a teacher or friend. Speak to a member of school staff who you feel comfortable with. Don’t let the stress build up.