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Deciding on your next steps and choosing the right qualifications for you

With so many options available, choosing between them can be quite confusing.

There are a range of vocational and academic qualifications available at local schools, colleges and training providers.

Ask yourself:

  • What you are good at, and what you enjoy – most people do better when they study a subject they like
  • Whether you want to learn something new – for many courses, you may not need any previous experience
  • What course structure will suit you – do you prefer end-of-year exams, continual assessment, or a mixture of both?
  • What learning style will suit you – do you prefer lectures, classroom discussions, or practical workshops?
  • Where the course will lead – does it fit in with your long-term plans?

Qualification Progression Routes:

Have a look at the national Qualifications Framework [GOV.UK] to see how you can move up the levels and do different types of qualifications as you progress through learning and work.

When deciding on your next steps in learning you might also like to think about the following:

  • Do you prefer doing coursework or exams?
  • Will the qualification get you where you want to go?  If you’re thinking of university check that the subjects you choose fit the University’s entry requirements. Visit to find out more.

These are just a few things to think about but you’re not alone making choices.

Talk to teachers, parents and Careers for Young People.

Ask Ollie:

Information for Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Warrington’s dedicated website which provides the Local Offer for parents, carers, children and young people.

Ask Ollie provides information about services which are available in the local area, including details of education, health and social care services for children and young people from birth to 25 years of age.

Brighter Futures:

Who are we and what do we do?

The Brighter Futures Team offer high quality training, bespoke 1-2-1 support and volunteering opportunities, free of charge to Warrington residents to help them achieve their full potential.

We work with people from all walks of life including young NEET’s (not in education, employment or training), young parents, people with anxiety and and low self confidence and people who want to make life changes for the better but don’t know where to start.

There are also few courses that you might be interested in:

#Lifegoals:  If you might like to move onto a College course, Traineeship, Apprenticeship or Employment

BeInspired: If you might like to move onto an College course, Traineeship or an Apprenticeship

The courses enable you to gain valuable employability skills, improve your confidence and self – esteem through a variety of activities, and support with budgeting and personal development.

You will also be able to carry out a work experience placement and volunteering opportunities

(Course content may vary depending upon the needs of the group)

  • 1 day a week for 12 weeks
  • 2 Days a week for 14 weeks

Click here for more information: Brighter Futures




Jamie Baker

An apprenticeship has really opened doors for me. While all my friends were off to university when we left college, I was really unsure of what path I wanted to go down.

Jamie Baker