Post 16 and higher education
Once you turn 16 there are lots of opportunities to continue learning at school, college and later on at university.
If you can't decide whether to carry on with your education you can talk to your teachers or the Connexions personal adviser at your school. You can also visit the Connexions website.
If you are of compulsory school age - five to 16 years - you must stay in education until the last Friday of June in the school year in which you turn 16.
After 16 most young people go on to further education (FE). You could take A levels, GNVQs or City & Guilds professional courses, and study part time if you want.
Courses can be academic or more practical and vocational, aimed at a specific career. Many people study FE courses before they move on to higher education.
Higher education (HE) means going to university or college to study for a qualification - such as a degree or a diploma - in a wide range of academic and vocational courses.
- Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website - search for courses, apply online and find links to UK universities and college
- Open University - distance learning courses
If you're not sure whether higher education is for you, visit the Directgov website.