What's Next? Other Options Post GCSEs

You’ve received your GCSE results, good or bad, and now you’re planning your future. But who says that future needs to be the path that is pre-set for you?
When we’re at school, we get told to do GCSEs, do A Levels, go to university and be successful; that’s a great route. But it’s not the only route that you can take. After your GCSEs, there are other options that can get you to where you want to be and help you to become just as successful.
The law states that children under 18 must do one of the following:

  • stay in full-time education
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

So your options are varied depending on what you want to do.


If you didn’t quite get the grades that you wanted, you can always choose to redo your GCSEs to improve your chances of better grades.  Our range of GCSEs are nationally recognised and can be studied from home to allow you to study alongside any other commitments you may have.

A Levels

The natural next step after GCSEs, A Levels are the most common choice for students. Whether you choose to study at a college or sixth form, or study from home with distance learning, you can gain the necessary knowledge and skills you need to progress onto university or future endeavours by studying A Levels.


Apprenticeships are a great option for those who do not wish to continue into full-time education. This is suitable for those who know what career they wish to enter, as you can receive hands-on training and experience to kick-start your future.

Study while you work

Distance learning courses are perfect for allowing you to do a mix of activities. Perhaps you could take up some volunteer work to gain experience and meet new people. Or maybe you could get a full-time job to save money for university or any future plans.

Why Choose Open Study College?

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers with 12 years’ worth of experience in the industry. During this time, more than [past_students_count] students have furthered their education and developed their career prospects by studying a course or qualification with us.
With a varied range of qualifications, this way of studying offers endless opportunities to all students.

  • Flexible & Convenient
  • Affordable Study
  • Unlimited Tutor Support

Don’t think you have to follow the same path that has been paved for you; you are more than capable of paving your own.
If you need any more information or help with choosing your options, call our student adviser team on 03300 563 100 who will be more than happy to help. Or head over to our website to see all the qualifications and courses that can help your career.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

What's Next? Other Options Post GCSEs