Thinking about what’s next – sign up for our updates
06 June 2019.
Thinking about what's next and the best option for you when school finishes can be tough.
Depending on your next steps, you'll have lots of decisions to make.
Will you study?
Get a job?
Learn a trade?
Before you start, sign up to get our regular email updates.
You don’t have to be going into study to get our emails, tell us your plans for life after school, even if you’re not sure, and we’ll send you information and links to help with your decisions.
If you are going to study we’ll also send you information about Allowances and Loans and when to apply.
Thinking about studying?
If further study is for you, you’ll need to make some decisions about your studies, for example, you'll need to figure out:
- where and what to study
- how much it will cost
- how to pay for it.
The 'Can you afford to study?' section of our website is a good place to go for help making some of these decisions.
Check if you can get fees-free study
Whether you’re thinking about doing a degree or training for an apprenticeship, if you’re studying for the first time you may be able to get fees-free study. Check the Fees Free website to see if you quallify.
Help with other costs
Our website has lots of information about the sorts of support we offer, such as Student Allowances, Student Loans and extra help.
If you can get fees-free study you may not need a Student Loan for your course fees, but you may still need to apply for a loan if you need course-related costs or living costs.
You may be able to get a Student Allowance to help with your living expenses.