The choices made by students for their education or training after their initial studies are vital for their future careers. They should not simply choose to do A levels in the subjects they are best at.
They should also consider which qualifications will make them most employable. The term further education (FE) is frequently misunderstood. It describes every type of education - apart from higher education - undertaken after the age of 16. It includes vocational courses in sixth form and further education colleges, courses taken in school sixth forms and adult education.
Teachers are familiar with the examination options in their own secondary schools but the full range of diplomas and vocational courses available in further education colleges or specialist institutions is growing and changing every year. Many colleges are now offering full degrees and are also competing on price.
It is important that pupils have enough information to make the correct choices for their future careers. Too many courses do not enhance their employability and you need to help your pupils evaluate their options. This section highlights some of the key issues affecting young people who choose vocational courses at 16-plus, with links to useful resources in the Need To Know section.