All opportunities will develop your transferable skills, e.g. communication, organisation and time management, enabling you to learn more about yourself and support your career development. 

It is important for you to explore all the opportunities available to you, to ensure you make a well-informed and realistic decision about your next step. 

You only need to decide what to do first and can later switch onto another course or job opportunity if you want to – on average people have 5 different careers in their lifetime!

For information on saving money, moving home & finding accommodation, understanding pay slips, budgeting and more, visit

Average number of careers in your lifetime!

What are my options?

Further Study - at College or University

At College

College’s offer a range of courses, including:

  • Full-time courses
  • Part-time courses, mainly in the evening
  • Kendal Higher: Levels 4-7, including Foundation Degrees, HNCs and BA (Hons)
  • Apprenticeships

The opportunities here at Kendal College are summarised in our Adult Course Guide. This guide is a good general overview of everything we offer.

If you are aged 18 or under on the 31 August on the year the course starts, all Level 1-3 government funded courses at colleges are free. These are marked with a £ sign in our Adult Course Guide. There is also financial support for adults. Examples of part-time government funded courses include AAT Accounting, Fitness Instructing, Hairdressing, Graphic Design and more!

Other local colleges include:

Lancaster & Morecambe College

Newton Rigg College

Myerscough College

Carlisle College

Lakes College

At University

Dates for your diary:

Meet the Russell Group Virtual Event – Wednesday 7th October – 12pm – 6pm

Applying to Oxford and Cambridge: Pre-Event Webinar – Wednesday 23rd October 12pm

Applying for Russel Group Universities: Pre-Event Webinar – Wednesday 30th September 12pm

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair – Wednesday 11th November – 12pm – 6pm

There will be an opportunity to attend the below fairs in person:

  • Manchester – Old Trafford Stadium – Friday 5th February 2021
  • Liverpool – Anfield Stadium – Wednesday 24th March 2021

Local Event: Virtual FE & HE Exhibition Fair – Saturday 28th November 1-4pm – more info coming soon!

You can search for individual university events at:

Year 1

More information coming soon!

Year 2 – Considering university for 2021?

Download this interactive guide to applying to university:

Applying to HE Guide PDF

UCAS 2021

You can now search for courses starting in 2021

You can register and start your UCAS Undergraduate application in Apply 2021, but you won’t be able to send it to UCAS until 8 September 2020.

Create your UCAS hub today

With your very own UCAS Hub, you can plan your next step. The best bit – you can save your progress and carry on whenever you want. 

There are lots of handy tools to help you make choices and start your application:

  1. The explore tool – where you can search subjects and discover courses.
  2. The notepad – so you can keep all your thoughts about your next step in one place.
  3. Apprenticeship finder – for the latest vacancies, locally and nationally.
  4. The personal statement builder – to help you structure your writing and introduce yourself to universities.
  5. The Tariff calculator – for tallying up your UCAS points to see if you meet entry requirements.

Your Hub is your space. Organise the widgets, remove the ones you don’t need, and tick off your to do list. However you use it, make it yours.

Student Finance

You don’t have to wait until you have secured a place or made your final decision before you apply, the sooner you apply, the sooner you will know what amount of maintenance loan you have been allocated, which in turn will help you to decide on the type of accommodation to apply for. Will it be deluxe or basic shared facilities?

You will need to register and apply.

If you have any question regarding student finance or the application process, please email

Students in higher education can apply for money directly from their university or college on top of any other student finance – you don’t have to pay this money back. This is based on need and would be income assessed. Some Universities also offer grants and bursaries based on academic achievement or on sport ability or charitable work. You can usually find this information on their website or if not, ask the University.

Examples of other local funds,

Studying Part-Time or via Distance Learning

If you choose to study part-time or are interested in distance learning degrees, you’ll need to contact the university directly to apply, although you can still search for courses on the UCAS website.

For degree-level courses at Kendal College, click here.

We offer the following Kendal Higher courses:

  • Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and their Services – if you would like to work with children or families. This is also a route to Primary Teaching or Social Work. Validated by The University of Central Lancashire
  • Foundation Degree in British Animal Management and Wildlife Rehabilitation, Validated by University of Cumbria
  • Animal Management HND
  • Business Management HND
  • Forensic Science HND
  • Electrical Engineering HNC
  • Mechanical Engineering HNC

Colleges often don’t advertise their higher-level courses on UCAS, so check out their websites to see what they offer.

Online Courses

There are some fantastic websites that offer a variety of free courses, and you don’t need qualifications to start them. These could be combined with any of the opportunities detailed on this site. FutureLearn offer free high-quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions. They have developed a set of short courses (3-8 weeks) to give school leavers a real sense of university-level study. Some courses help you prepare for university (e.g. writing applications) and others help you experience subjects outside of the national curriculum, e.g. Dentistry, Archaeology and Robotics.

The Open University, Coursera and EdX also provide free online courses. There is an option to purchase a certificate, but this isn’t compulsory. They have hundreds of great courses from universities around the world.

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Employment & Apprenticeships


The below websites have good information about the range of careers & jobs available:

To help decide on a job or career, click here

For advice on making a job application, click here.

For self-employment, click here

Local job opportunities – coming soon!


On an apprenticeship, you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre

  • Key benefits of being an apprentice include; gaining job-specific skills, working alongside experienced staff, earning a salary, getting paid holidays, and receiving training to enhance your career
  • Apprenticeships are open to people of all ages; from 16-year-old school leavers to working-age professionals who want to progress in their workplace or change their career.
  • Apprenticeships are offered from Level 2 to Level 6 (Degree-Level study).

Finding an Apprenticeship

  • Go to to find out more.
  • Create an account on the national website and search for vacancies at:
  • Search for possible national employers at:
  • Check college, training providers and employer’s individual websites, as not all apprenticeships are advertised nationally.
  • Contact local businesses directly with a CV and covering letter and try to speak to the manager in person if you can.
  • Ask employers if you can work for them voluntarily or as work experience – this will make a good impression, and you’ll be the first to know when other opportunities arise!

To register for our Kendal College Talent Pool click here.


Traineeships are an education and training programme which includes work experience. It is unpaid but, the programme is tailored to individual needs. They are for young people who are unemployed or don’t have much work experience (and are a good stepping stone to an apprenticeship).

Additionally, some colleges and employers pay a training allowance or may cover other costs such as travel or lunch during their work placement.

Setting up your own business

Would you like to run your own business? Have you identified a gap in the market? Self-employment needs passion and hard work but can be hugely rewarding. There is support available nationally and locally to make ideas become a reality.

Contact your local council and your county chamber of commerce for free appointments, training and networking opportunities.

As well as the below websites, local accountancy firms usually offer a free initial appointment – giving valuable information and advice.

Visit: (general advice) (national website) (national website) (Federation of Small Businesses) (Cumbria support) (Lancaster & District support) (Yorkshire support)

There are lots of college part-time courses available to support self-employment.  Click here for our course guide and links to other colleges

The free online courses may also be useful. 

Gap Years

These usually involve activities you do as a ‘gap’ between your studies, including working, volunteering and travelling. They offer you an opportunity to build skills and confidence, gain experience and try something new.

Students wishing to progress on to degree-level study after their gap year will usually have and secured a place on a course which they will ‘defer’ until after their gap year.

Visit: for general advice for paid industry placements for voluntary and course opportunities abroad