School & College

School, College, Sixth Form… the best years of your life right? In this section you’ll find links to articles and organisations that cover things like starting school, leaving school, study skills, year 9 & 11 choices, exclusion, and qualifications.

If you’re looking for things about university including applying, head to the university section. Stuff on gap years is in everything else.

Starting School

Bethany’s Top Tips for Moving Up To Secondary School

An old Sprout article called My First Day At School

An old Sprout article called Brand New

The best (and worst) tips for year sevens starting secondary school

 Year 9 Options

Careers Wales have a big section on Year 9 Options 

Year 11 Options / Sixth Form / Leaving School

BBC Bitesize: Results Day Advice

Apply for EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance)

How to get free school transport after 16 in Cardiff

AS Level and A Level Decisions

Choosing Your A Levels

Choosing a subject/course at 16/17

Gov.UK – School Leaving Age

Careers Wales has lots of information and advice to help you with your choices after Year 11

Options at 16

An old Sprout article called Leaving School

How To Survive Sixth Form

Funding for students in sixth form college from Careers Wales

Study Skills

Examtime’s GCSE Revision Tips

Studential’s simple-but-effective revision tips for GCSEs students 

The Mix’s (formerly theSite.org) Study & Exams section 

Exclusion

Welsh Government info on exclusion from schools and pupil referral units 

Citizens Advice on problems at school, including exclusion

Qualifications

Confused about qualifications?

A guide to qualifications 

School Councils/Pupil Participation

An important right outlined in the UNCRC says young people have a right to have a say in things that affect them and that they should be listened to and respected when decisions are made. More info here and here.

UNCRC & Children’s Rights

Some Organisations

Cardiff Council’s schools page, contains term dates, transport etc.

Pupil Voice Wales is your one-stop shop for pupil participation in Wales

Careers Wales has tons of info about school, college and courses 

Cardiff & Vale College

St. David’s College

Studential aims to help all students aged 16 and older with their academic journey, by offering information and advice on all stages of education


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For more organisations or info about education, check out our database or contact Meic, the advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales — Freephone: 080880 23456 / Text: 84001 / Instant Message

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