It’s time to start thinking about your daughter / son’s next steps after year 12. The below information is designed to help you support your daughter or son to plan their future.

The 4 main options are:

  • Higher education (university)
  • Apprenticeships
  • Finding a job
  • Taking a gap year

Use the sections below to support your daughter / son with their choices.



University options

How do students decide what to study and where?

There are over 37,000 courses and 370 higher education institutions, so research is the key to making an informed decision about what to study and where.

Students should use the UCAS website, university websites and attend university open days to check out courses and entry requirements (as they will vary from university to university). University league tables can also be used to compare universities.

Did you know?

A large number of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any degree discipline and specialist training for many careers starts once you have your degree.

Brian Heap writes (in his University Degree Course Offers book) that a degree course is not always a training path for a career; its purpose is also to teach students skills that can easily be adapted to different careers. That is why it is not unusual, for example, to find students who have degrees in history or languages going on to train as accountants and lawyers and many other non-scientific careers.

Did you know?

In 2019, 94.4% of Moseley students accepted a place at university and the 5 most popular university destinations were:

  1. Aston University
  2. Birmingham City University
  3. Birmingham University
  4. Coventry University
  5. Wolverhampton University

47.1% of students achieved a place at a selective university.

University course ideas

To develop course ideas students can consider the following 5 questions:

  1. Do they want to study one or more subjects they are currently doing? 
  2. Do they want to study a subject they are currently studying with something new?
  3. Do they want to study something related to one of their current subjects, but not that subject? For example, if studying sport, related courses include sports studies, sports science, PE, sports coaching, sports management, sports marketing, sports therapy, exercise science and teaching.
  4. Do they have a career in mind and need to take a specific degree? Examples include primary teaching, social work, speech & language therapy, audiology, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, midwifery, dentistry, radiography, optometry, physiotherapy, sport therapy and architecture.
  5. Do they want to study a general vocational course? Examples include art & design; business/finance; computing/IT; education; engineering; health & social and sport.

Students can choose up to five courses. However, they can only choose a maximum of four courses in any one of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or veterinary science

Did you know?

In 2019, the 6 most popular course types that Moseley School Year 13 students chose to study were:

  1. Science
  2. Business/economics
  3. Health/medical
  4. Law
  5. Psychology
  6. Engineering
Degree apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships were launched by the government in 2015 and have been developed by businesses, universities and colleges.

Apprentices get real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession and split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout. They gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top university while earning a wage and they don’t have to pay university tuition fees, saving them £9,250 a year!

Your daughter or son can use the National Apprenticeship Service website to search and apply:  Click here to visit the National Apprenticeship website.

You can also check out employer websites if you have a particular employer in mind.

Student Finance
  • Students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for university tuition fees (currently up-to £9,250 for full-time courses).

    Students can also apply for a Maintenance Loan, which helps to pay for living costs while studying at university, such as accommodation, food, travel and clothes. The amount you get depends on where you are living and whether you are living at home. For example, 2019 starters living at home could get up-to £7,529. Some of the loan is available to all eligible students and part of it is means-tested, so this part is dependent on household income.

    When do students have to repay their student loans?

    Repayments are linked to their income and they only make repayments when their income is over £25,725 a year. If their   income drops below this amount, repayments stop. Each month they pay back 9% of any income over £25,725.

    Further information is available on the government website: Click here to visit the government website.  

Year 12 and 13 careers support

The school provides lots of support during Year 12 and Year 13 to help your daughter or son make an informed post-18 decision. Examples include:

  • An opportunity for a 1:1 careers interview with the school’s qualified careers adviser, Mr Silgram.
  • A presentation from the school’s careers adviser about post-18 options.
  • Mentoring and development opportunities, such as The Access Project.
  • University talks and presentations, including information about student finance.
  • Visit to the UCAS Convention to meet universities.
  • Visit to a university.
  • A school UCAS Day to help students start planning what to study at university and where to study.
  • Support to write the UCAS personal statement.
  • Events to raise awareness of apprenticeships.
  • Talks from employers to raise awareness of careers and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Careers advice and support on A level results day.
  • The careers section of the school website.
Taking a Gap year

Did you know?

Reasons for students taking a gap year vary. They include:

  • Using the time to review future plans
  • To go travelling
  • To do work experience (possibly linked to their chosen course or future career plans)
  • To develop new skills
  • To earn money to fund their university place
  • To volunteer in the UK or abroad

For more information, check out the Prospects website and the Year in Industry website: 

use the School Website to support your daughter / son

You can use the website to help your daughter or son to make an informed decision about what to do after Year 13.

 It includes further information about all the topics in this newsletter. There are 13 sections; you may find it helpful to check-out the following ones:

  • Post-18 options
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Jobs and voluntary work
  • University applications
  • Useful websites and information

Click here to link to these sections


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