Options for 16 year olds

Information about the school leaving age, further education options and planning a gap year.

  • What happens after the age of 16?GCSE resultsUnder the present law, the school leaving age is 16. After 2013 the education leaving age will rise to 17. And from 2015 it will rise again, to 18.
  • Choosing a course and universityGraduatesThe first and most important question isn't about location - it's asking which subject your child wants to study. There are two main options your child...
  • Planning a gap year with your childHiking with a rucksack © 'Matti Juvonen - Fotolia.com'More young people than ever now take a gap year, around 12 months a year away from formal study at the end of school or sixth form college, before starting...

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