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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 are you good at and what do you enjoy? – most people do better when they study a subject they like
  • Do you want to learn something new? – for many courses, you may not need any previous experience
  • What course structure suits you?– do you prefer end-of-year exams, continual assessment, or a mixture of both?
  • What learning style suits 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 Warrington Life.

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 until they are 25.

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 low self confidence and people who want to make life changes for the better but don’t know where to start.

We have two courses that you might be interested in:

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

  • NEET course: The courses involve  a wide range of practical based activities including employability, independence skills, sporting activities  and where appropriate work experience and volunteering opportunities. Courses are run by the Brighter Futures Team at the Orford Youth Base. 1 day a week for 12 weeks or 2 Days a week for 14 weeks.


  • Young Parent’s programme: Young people need to be aged 17 and above and the programme runs over 18 weeks one session a week at either the Sandy Lane Children’s Centre or the Sunshine Children’s Centre covering a wide range of practical activities including messy play, caring for your baby, independent skills and where appropriate work experience and volunteering opportunities.


Have a look on the Brighter Futures website: Brighter Futures


Telephone:  01925 442440


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

The programme is aimed at 15 to 24 year olds to support and inspire young people into education and training. The young people on the programme will be provided with one to one support and in some cases group work sessions to help them to develop and improve their employability skills and prepare them for next steps in Education, an Apprenticeship or a Traineeship.  Support can be provided with setting up a work experience or volunteering placement.



Telephone: 01925 442211

You can also talk to your Adviser about taking part in the BeInspired programme.


(Please note:  The Courses content may vary depending upon the needs of the group or individual learners)


Warrington Life can also help you to explore the options open to you and advise on this and other similar available courses contact:


Telephone: 01925 442211

Last Updated: 12th August 2019




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