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6 common reasons for thinking about leaving school or college (and advice on what to do):

Understanding why you are thinking of leaving your course will help you to decide what to do next.

  • Career idea changed?

    1. Make sure your new career idea is the right one for you.

    Find out your skills and strengths and find career ideas to match:


    2. Find out what qualifications you need for your new career idea.

    It may be that the course you are doing will still enable you to follow your new career path.

    Read about your career idea and the qualifications you will need:

  • Finding the course too easy?

    If the course is too easy –and you are at the beginning of the course, it could be because the tutors/ teachers are doing revision with you first, before giving you new more challenging work.

    Check with your teacher/ tutor about how you are feeling. If it is too easy you may be able to take an extra subject or module. If not, you will need to weigh up the pros and cons of staying or leaving. You will still have a qualification at the end.

    If you are finding the course easy that gives you more time to gain relevant experience outside of school or college.

    Think about doing:


  • Finding the course too difficult or challenging?

    If the course is too difficult - talk with your tutor or teacher first.

    They may be able to give you help, or let you know where you can get support to cope with the course.

    You may be able to take less modules or subjects.


    If you still feel that you cannot stay on your course, check out all the options available to you:

    Planning for your future now will help you to choose the right courses or subjects and to get the right experience.



    Keep in mind that if you take less modules or subjects and go part time this could affect any finance you are receiving.

    Check out how going part time might affect you financially:

  • Not liking school or college?

    Keep your end goal in mind.

    Ask yourself, if this course is heading you to your career goal, then can you get used to being there?

    Sometimes reasons for not liking school or college can include not feeling you are fitting in.

    Talk to someone you can trust. This might be:

    • your family
    • your tutor or teacher - especially if this is happening in your class
    • Meic - an organisation who can listen to and support you, Meic is set up especially to support young people in Wales.

    There may be options that you can consider to help you stay on your course.

    Or, you may be able to change to another course or school/college depending on the time of year.


    If you still feel that you cannot stay on your course, check out all the options available to you:

    Planning for your future now will help you to choose the right courses or subjects and to get the right experience.

  • Worried about finances and the cost of staying in education?

    1. Find out whether there is funding you don’t know about that could help you finance your course:


    2. Consider if you can fund your course by getting a part time or seasonal job:

    Make sure you can juggle your course and doing a part time job at the same time. You will still need to have time to study and revise to do assignments and exams.

  • Have personal reasons?

    If you are thinking of leaving for personal reasons, such as health, family or caring responsibilities:

    Talk to your school or college about what’s happening.

    They may consider that you have extenuating circumstances and need a longer time to complete your assignments.

    They may let you take a year out and return the following year.

    If you are keen to stay on the course, ask if there is any help or support available to you.


    If you still feel that you cannot stay on your course, check out all the options available to you:

    Planning for your future now will help you to choose the right courses or subjects and to get the right experience.

What are my future options?What are my future options?

You can make better decisions when you know all the options. Find out about jobs, apprenticeships, other ways of training and more...


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