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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 UCAS 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.


Last Updated: 28th January 2020




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