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Next Steps


In England, you are required to stay in education or training until you turn 18. However, you do not have to stay in school, although training needs to be a part of your job if that is what you choose instead. You could choose to stay in full time study and move to college or you may decide a work-based traineeship or apprenticeship suits you better. You can also decide whether you want to study and train full or part time. You can search for your next step by looking for specific courses such as English, Maths, Hair and Beauty or Plumbing. Alternatively, you can look into the options that are offered at specific colleges, schools or training providers.


For more guidance on what to do after secondary school take a look at the UCAS website’s Post 16 page.


Take some time to explore LogOnMoveOn which can be used to search for courses and/or apprenticeships.


Where will your next steps take you? Take a look at some of the options available for you!


Sixth Form Colleges

Sixth Form Colleges vary in sizes, courses and extra-curricular activities that might interest you. Colleges tend to be bigger and offer a more diverse array of subjects for you to study.

Thinking further education might be the route for you? Remember these top tips to help choose where to go.

  1. Search for colleges in your area that offer the course or subjects you want to study.

  2. Go to open days – these are great opportunities to explore the college and to find out more about the courses on offer.

  3. Find out as much as you can – college life can be quite different from secondary school and the education you’ve known so far.


Have a look at some of the Sixth Form Colleges that are local to The Boulevard Academy.

Bishop Burton College

For anyone that’s not sure about their next steps, the Bishop Burton Recruitment Team are on hand to chat through options and to answer any questions. Email or call 01964 553000 or use the live chat function on their website, which is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.

Ron Dearing University Technical College

St Mary’s 6th Form

Click here to view how to log on to their virtual open events: SM6 – How to log onto our Virtual Open Event experience


Wilberforce Next Steps are here to support you with your application.


An apprenticeship is essentially a job. You will spend 80% of your work week at your job and 20% at your place of study. You will earn a salary and your course costs will be covered by the government and your employer. It will be up to you to manage your time between work and study. There are many different apprenticeships you can apply for across a broad range of industries.

For more details on what an apprenticeship is explore the UCAS Understanding Apprenticeship page.

Search and apply for apprenticeships through the site.

Hull College has a list of available Apprenticeships that you can view here: Apprenticeships

Interested in engineering? Have a look at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) for details on hands-on-career paths!

A guide to Apprenticeships

The A-Z of Apprenticeships


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