My choices @ 16...

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At 16 you have many more choices to make than you had at 14. School or college? Or a work based apprenticeship?

What subjects to study? And what might I need if I want to study a particular subject at University. Make sure you are armed with all the information you need to make these important decisions. Explore this website and investigate the links to the right of this page.

If you are at all unsure, it is really important to get expert advice. It isn't always obvious what subjects you will need to do a particular degree, or what 'doors' you are closing by choosing not to study a particular subject.

Preparing for University

If you want to study for a science degree at university then you should take at least two science A levels or Highers in appropriate subjects. Chemistry is often needed for entry on to biological science courses. Studying maths beyond GCSE is also very useful for almost any science degree, for more information see Should I study maths?

Diploma in Engineering

If you are taking a Diploma in Engineering get advice on what Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL) courses you should take.

Students in Scotland

For students in Scotland a Modern Apprenticeship in Life Sciences is now available at levels 2 and 3, find out more at