More than 150 pupils got a glimpse of what post-16 education will be like for them at a special event.
The pupils from Casterton Business and Enterprise College went to Rutland County College to learn about apprenticeships, A-levels courses, and what other opportunities are available to them when they leave school.
They also took lessons in new subjects and debated what the perfect student of the 21st century might look like.
Carl Smith, head of Rutland County College, said: “The demands on our young people are very different to when we were at school thirty or forty years ago.
“No longer will leaving at 16 with no qualifications be an option and at a time of high youth unemployment that is just as well.”