At the ages of 16 and 18, your child has the opportunity to make choices about their future. While some of the options may look familiar, others may be very different to those you were offered when you were their age.

Options at age 16

Young people have to stay in education or training until they reach the age of 18. Depending on what is on offer locally and what their future aspirations are, there are several options to choose from, including A‑levels and T-levels.

They could also choose to take up an apprenticeship, a traineeship or to follow part-time learning whilst working or volunteering. Find out more about the options at age 16.

Options at age 18

There are a range of options for young people at the age of 18. Many employers offer training programmes and apprenticeships which will enable them to learn while they earn.

If they continue studying, they will usually do this at an education provider such as a Further Education (FE) college or Higher Education provider such as a university. Find out more about the options at age 18