If you’re planning on leaving school in 2021, things may feel very different to how you imagined they would.

With restrictions starting to lift, leaving school may look a little more like you imagined – but it’s far from back to normal.

You may have questions about the impact of coronavirus on what you want to do next. Or your plans for the future may have changed.

To help make things a little clearer, we have pulled together some information that could be useful if you’re leaving school this year.

Careers Advisors

There’s a careers adviser based in your school. They’re on hand to offer advice and guidance throughout school and beyond. They can be a great starting point to discuss what you want to do next.

They can help with:

  • Discussing your options and possible next steps, especially if you’re not sure what you want to do when you leave school
  • CVs and job applications
  • College and university applications
  • Interview preparation 
  • Making your subject choices.
Starting college or university

Leaving school to start college or university can be an exciting time but worries around coronavirus may have thrown up some different questions.

How will Covid impact university and college courses in 2021?

Over the past year, coronavirus has affected all university courses. Due to lockdown restrictions, universities adapted their teaching to go online, which meant that almost all university courses continued. It is likely to be the same case for new students starting in 2021 but with some face to face learning as well.

What are my options if I don’t want to go to university or college this year?

If you don’t want to start university or college in 2021 because of coronavirus, you have the option to defer entry until 2022. You will need to speak with the university or college you have applied to for further information.

What support are universities and colleges putting in place to help students?

With universities moving courses online, lecturers adapted their teaching. They have generally taken a more flexible approach to both teaching and assessments.

For subjects which have a practical part to learning, care has been taken to allow students to learn in person. This has been done using strict timetables to keep everyone safe.

The mental health and wellbeing of students has also been an area that universities have had to focus on and offer support for.

National Organisations

There are a number of organisations who are there to help you figure out your next steps after leaving school.

  • Skills Development Scotland
  • My World of Work
  • LEAD Scotland
  • Enable Works

You can find more information about who they are and how they can help here.