The main options at 18 are as follows:

  • University
  • Gap Year
  • School leaver schemes or apprenticeships
  • Employment

Thinking of going to university?


At The Ace Academy all university applications are funded to our students. We apply with the system linked to the UCAS website. Mrs Nicola Davis can assist with this.

There are over 300 institutions offering a variety of HE courses; the best solution to help you to decide is to look at the UCAS Website which contains a list of all universities and courses to meet your needs.

To assist with University Applications, opportunity will be given for students to visit universities,  external speakers will visit school and you will have an interview with the Careers Adviser.

To decide on the right course, ask yourself:

  • Which subjects interest me?
  • What are my talents?
  • What job would I like to do?
  • Which academic skills do I want to improve?

If you are still unsure about what to study, the UCAS web site offers further advice.

Gap years?

Whether you want to learn a new skill, raise your cultural awareness or buy yourself some thinking time before making the move into work or further study, a gap year could be the answer…




If you are looking for employment after sixth form Mrs Nicola Davis can help you with your CV, Job search and interview tips.

Gaining an Apprenticeship or Higher Apprenticeship could also be another option. Please see the apprenticeship and traineeship tab for more information. Nicola Davis will be able to identify the correct level apprenticeship for you and assist in your application.

Please see below some useful links if applying for full time work also check out the job opportunities tab.

Studying Abroad?

Some students today go to study abroad rather than staying in England. For more information on this visit the following website…

Also see Mrs Nicola Davis for more information

Useful websites

How to be a standout university applicant personal statement advice

and course advice, university interviews, UCAS deadlines


Student Loans Company is a non-profit making, government-owned, organisation set up in 1989 to provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.


Applying for University. There are different types of application that you can register for with UCAS – make sure you choose the right one. - If you need any help please see Mrs Nicola Davis. is now the UK's leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs. However we are not anti-uni.