Exploring post-18 options in y12 

At Urmston Grammar Sixth Form, the team stresses the importance of preparing yourself for life after A levels and therefore of exploring your options for further education. With plenty of choices such as university, apprenticeships and even immediate full time employment, this decision can feel overwhelming so it helps to follow the guidance offered by your school or college. 

This month year 12 students at Urmston Grammar School visited Sheffield Hallam University not only to weigh up this specific university as a potential option following A levels, but also to explore what university life entails in general. This trip was incredibly valuable as it also gave us the opportunity to experience a taster lecture in the subject of our choice, helping us to gauge an idea of what we may study post-18. 

This month also included National Apprenticeship Week. This meant our school brought in a guest speaker to educate us on this alternative option for education following year 13. Helping to develop vocational skills for young adults while providing a wage, apprenticeships also supply educational qualifications just as valuable as a classical degree obtained at university.  

So, my school has been able to offer guidance and information on post-18 decision-making. However, it’s also important to conduct your own research to narrow down your choices and make a final decision on where life will take you once you have secured your A level qualifications (or equivalent).