Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Options for Students 16+

It is coming to that time of year where students are picking what colleges/sixth forms to go to and what courses to pick. Of course you don't have to go to a college or sixth form and study A Levels and since I am going through this transition myself, I thought I would write about the many choices you have to pick from.

A Levels
A Levels are kind of a step up from GCSE and you can do a range of different ones from Biology to Philosophy. You don't to choose them but if you do, you have to choose three or four. In A Levels you get grades, like in GCSE, and each grade corresponds to a certain amount of points. These points are what you need to get into university.

Not a lot of colleges offer BTECs but you will find some that do. You can do a range of things as a BTEC like health and social care and IT. A BTEC takes up three of your options and you have to do it for the two years that you attend your college, unlike A Levels where you can "drop" one after your first year.

These are basically where you go into a work place for three days a week and they train you in that type of work, like engineering. For the two days left of your week you will go to college and do maybe an A Level or something there. With an apprenticeship you may also get paid. 

Vocational Qualifications
These are where you know what career you want and you get trained in that type of work. Sort of like an apprenticeship. Vocationals are available in many subjects from childcare to plumbing and can be based in either a school/college or a working environment.

Depending on where you live, there may be other courses or options you can choose from. But I hope this post has helped you in seeing what options you have.

What are you currently studying and what would you like to study later on in life?

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