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Transition into Further Education

Welcome to this series of posts looking at different aspects of transitioning from a school environment into Further Education. Further Education covers a range of pathways at which you can study after you have left school. We will be focusing on three of these pathways Apprenticeships, Sixth Form and College throughout the content below. There will be regular updates to the content so please do check back for more information.

College vs. School Life

Want to know the biggest changes when you progress from school to college? In this project, you’ll find out  what to bring, how you’ll learn, and understand the difference between a college and a sixth form. This is all so you can make the right decision when it comes to your further education and beyond.


This module will help you gain some tools around managing your workload and deadlines.

Project management is a simple concept: it is the skill to manage and complete projects, such as your coursework or a personal project. Click below to find out more.

Getting Career Ready

Taking the step from college into full time work may seem a little daunting. That’s why we’re here to help. In this ‘Getting Career Ready’ project, you will learn a variety of skills, from CV and cover letter writing to interview best practices. If you’re starting your journey into the world of work, this isn’t one to miss!


This course has been created for students who are thinking about starting an apprenticeship, or have already been accepted onto an apprenticeship scheme. Over the coming weeks, sections will be added to provide information and advice from application stage right through to starting your apprenticeship. Topics covered are an introduction to apprenticeships, what’s available and workplace behaviours and etiquette.

how to be… critical

This course is designed to help you get the skills you need for your next educational step. How to write critically is a very important skill for most courses at university so have a look and see what you can learn.


With so much choice when it comes to colleges courses and qualifications, it’s a good idea to know what’s what so that you choose the right course for you. In the second instalment of our College transition project, we’ll talk you through the differences between BTECs, HND & HNCs and T Levels, along with best practices when it comes to choosing what to study. 


Reading for leisure and reading for academia are two very different things and will require different approaches. This course is designed to help you get the skills you need for your next educational step. Look through our second instalment of the how to guide.

making your application

In the fourth topic of our Apprenticeships course, follow our step by step guide on how to write an application that makes you stand out to employers.

how to… create an art portfolio

Creating an art portfolio is, essentially, an art in itself. It requires time and patience, and the earlier you get started, the better off you’ll be when it comes to applying for courses and jobs.

interview day

The final topic of our Apprenticeships course, Preparing for interview will take you through 5 stages of essential planning prior to your interview date. Preparation is crucial – and will make a big difference as to how you represent yourself in an interview. The more prepared you are for an interview, the more relaxed you will be on the day.

Getting Career Ready

In this project we will explore the world of work by completing a range of activities and using the Start Profile software. You will finish this activity by completing an action plan.

APPRENTICESHIPS – Your first week

We have taken you through the different stages in the apprenticeships course. This final update looks at what will happen in your first week.


The Outreach Hub is here to answer any question you might have regarding Higher Education. We will work hard to answer question you might have and signpost you to the most useful information. You can either use the form below or the details on our contact page.