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Education and training

Try to get the best secondary school education you can

During the first two or three years at secondary school you will follow the same curriculum or subjects as other 11 to 13-year-olds. This will include a range of subjects, to give you a good general education.

In Year 8 or 9, you will choose some of the subjects that you go on to study in Years 10/11. From the end of Year 11 you can choose whether to stay in full-time learning at a sixth form or college, or take a job with training such as an apprenticeship.

Taking a job without training is not advisable as, all young people must stay in some form of education or training until, at least, their 18th birthday. Find out more 'Raising the Participation Age (RPA).

At each stage it’s important that you choose training and education to fit in with your interests and abilities and any career plans you have. Use the UCAS course finder tool in Planning your future to help you. There are advisers in schools or you can get help and advice at Platform and Lift youth hubs from the Progress Team. For further information view the Related Links section.