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What's next after school?

When you finish school, there are different things you can do. It's important to think about what you enjoy and what you're good at. There's support available, to help you figure out what path makes the most sense for you.

Ultimately, the key is finding what suits you and helps you grow in the direction you want to go.


An apprenticeship is a job where you work for an employer full-time and get paid.

You spend one day a week learning and training, and the other four days working. It usually lasts at least 12 months, but it can be longer.

While you're gaining work experience, you also earn qualifications. At the end of the apprenticeship, they check what you've learned against the training you received. If you can improve your math or English skills, you can do that as part of the apprenticeship.

If you've already passed Maths and English at school (Grade 4 or above), you won't need to sit them again.

Apprenticeships cover many jobs, like hairdressing, being a mechanic, horticulture (which is working with plants), or business-related roles. 

To become an apprentice, you need to apply for a position with an employer.

You can find apprenticeship listings on the government's 'Find an Apprenticeship' page. Colleges like Barnsley College can help you find an apprenticeship too.

If your parent or carer gets child benefit, it stops when you become an apprentice. But if you have an EHCP, you'll get a £1,000 bursary (paid by the third month of your apprenticeship). Mention your EHCP when signing up, and your training provider will guide you on getting the bursary.

A levels

A-Levels, or Advanced Levels, are academic courses that allow you to do several subjects at the same time.
Typically, students can study three or four subjects at the same time. The range of subjects available depends on the size of the College or 6th Form, where you might find an array of options ranging from 15 to 35 subjects.

Whether you have a passion for science or a love for the arts, A-Levels may be right for you. 


T-Levels are new and exciting technical courses you can take in college. If you already know the kind of job you want in the future, T-Levels may be a good choice. You'll spend 315 hours working in a place related to what you're learning, which gives you lots of hands-on experience while you study.

You can choose from different areas like construction, nursing, accounting, and more. These courses are similar to A-Levels in terms of being challenging, one T-level is equivalent to 3 A-levels, but the good thing is they focus on specific jobs. So, if you already have a clear idea of the job you want in the future, T-Levels might be just right for you!

Vocational Courses

Vocational courses are like practical training programs that teach you the specific skills needed for a particular job or career.
They focus on hands-on learning instead of just theory. Colleges and some 6th Forms offer a range of vocational courses including business, horticulture, animal care, IT, games design and many more.
Doing a vocational course often gives you a certificate that employers are looking for, which can make it easier to get a job in that industry. The goal is to prepare you for work as soon as you finish the program.

Starting your own business

💡 Have you got a great idea for a business?
🔨 Maybe you are brilliant at fixing things
🧵 Maybe you are a sewing machine whizz, do you make handmade gifts or upcycle furniture?
You might want to use your skills and talents to start your own business or become self-employed.

The following services provide valuable support, offering start-up grants and practical assistance to guide you through each stage of the process.

  • 👷‍♀️ Barnsley Youth Hub – Provide a range of support if you are thinking of starting your own business or looking at self-employment. You can find out more information here
  • ✨ Enterprise Barnsley – Can give you help and support you if you want to start your own business or just want to explore this further. You can find out more here.
  • 🚀 Launchpad – Provides support if you're looking to start your own business. This includes workshops that will take you step-by-step in setting up a business. You can find out more information here.
  • 👑 Prince’s Trust – Offer grants and practical support for young people looking to start their own businesses. For more information click here.
  • 🔑 Access to Work – is funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that gives practical and financial support if you are looking to move into self-employment or start your own business. You can find out more about eligibility, how to claim and what support you may get here.

Help writing your CV workshops

DWP School Advisors are hosting FREE 1-2-1 workshops to help young people write their CVs and learn interview and employability skills. This is open to all Year 11 students and drop ins are welcome.

Dates are as follows:
Wednesday 24th July 10am-3pm
Wednesday 7th August 10am-3pm

Both workshops will be held at:
Westgate BMBC Offices (ground floor) S70 2DR

For more information click here

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides career information, advice and guidance. They can help you make decisions at all stages in your career, including getting started.

Find out more:

Visit the National Careers Service Website