• Top Tips for Year 13s Not Going to University 23 December 2015 | View comments

  • There are many options available to year 13 pupils on completion of their "A" Levels, BTECs, or International Baccalaureate other than going to university.

    This blog assumes that students reading this blog will have received advice from their school or college on how to research universities and make a UCAS application.  Most students will have now have completed their UCAS application form through the UCAS web portal.

    Top Tips for those not going to university.

    If you have a career in mind, have you researched all the entry requirements and what is involved with the actual career?

    If you are unsure of your career direction, talk to a Careers Adviser. There are also online Careers Programmes which can help you. Talk to your Careers Department in the school, college or other educational institution.

    Also, you can explore careers around your favourite subjects e.g. if you enjoy mathematics think about careers in finance.

    If you have career ideas you can explore these in more detail.

    Alternatively, hobbies and interests can be a starting point for further research.

    If you have been doing part-time work or undertaking work experience in the past, has this generated any ideas? If so, you should undertake further research.

    Many careers have different career routes. The options available at the end of year 13 are:

    • Apprenticeships
    • Employment
    • College courses
    • Degrees with work experience
    • Gap year
    • Sponsored degrees
    • Professional Qualifications
    • Traineeships
    • School Leaver Programme
    • Management Training Schemes 


    It is important to pursue a career that you are going to enjoy, but it may take a couple of jobs to get there. 

    The main message after year 13 is to gain skills, knowledge and qualifications that are going to lead to sustainable and enjoyable employment.

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