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Once you reach the age of 16 (in Year 11), you get to decide whether you want to stay in education in school or college to get further qualifications or leave to get a job, an apprenticeship or receive training.
Many students looking to apply to university will choose to study A Levels or their equivalent. There are around 80 subjects that you can study at A Level and schools and colleges will usually offer the most popular subjects. You might have to search for some of the more unusual or specialist subjects. You can also choose study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. The IB is an internationally recognised qualification for students aged 16 to 19. It is based around detailed academic study of a wide range of subjects, including languages, the arts, science, maths, history and geography.
There are other qualifications such as applied A-Levels and NVQ‘s, which have a more practical and vocational structure, this means studying some of the more practical subjects for a specific job.
This section looks at the differences between studying at a six form or college and can give you advice and information on work experience.