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Options for Young People


Excellent careers advice is too important to leave to chance, because it is essential to personal and economic wellbeing. Now, more than ever, making the right decisions about learning or work really matters. Economic growth demands even higher level skills and no-one is guaranteed a career for life. Decisions – whether they are about GCSEs and A levels, apprenticeships or university courses, must be made on the basis significant research and where necessary taking into account  information from independent and impartial advice and guidance.

Options at 16+

In Year 9 students will have made their GCSE option choices.  This will probably have been the most significant educational decision they will have made so far.  The options at 16 they choose will undoubtedly influence their future direction in learning and work.

 

College course, apprenticeship or 6th form?

These are the three big options. But how to choose? This will not be a snap decision but the result of long careful thought and conversations at home and at school with teachers and tutors. Students are on a journey and these decisions about options at 16+ are a feature, a landmark on that journey to explore in detail before coming to any conclusion about which way to travel next.

 

Following are some thoughts to take into account when exploring the different pathways.

 

6th form

  • Familiar surroundings

  • Students already know the teachers and teachers know the students

  • There is a lot of knowledge about student potentia

  • The curriculum will be broadly familiar but with some additional subjects

  • Students are familiar with the teaching style and  assessment methods

  • Progression to higher education and work is supported.

College

  • A new start

  • Often much larger institutions

  • Much wider range of subjects, often more career related subjects

  • Courses with different level of entry and different admissions criteria

  • Different teaching and assessment methods are use

  • Can provide industry standard facilities and equipment

  • There is a strong concentration on developing employability skills

  • Progression to higher education and work is supported

Apprentiships

  • Students are employed

  • Earning money and learning at the same time

  • Training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, inspected by Ofsted

  • A combination of day release to college and/or assessment at work

  • Potential to have a degree course paid for by your employer at level 4

  • Potential to be promoted and earn more within the company

  • Excellent credentials for a CV to support progression to another employer



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Options at 18+

Higher Education, Gap Year, Apprenticeship, Employment?

These are the four big options. But how to choose?  Choices will be made following long careful thought and conversations at home and at school with teachers and tutors. Students  continue on a journey and these decisions about options at 18+ are further crossroads on that journey to be explored in detail before coming to any conclusion about which way to travel next.

 

Following are some thoughts that you might like to take into account when exploring the different pathways.

 

Higher Education

  • Open to applicants with level 3 qualifications, ie: A levels or
    BTEC National etc

  • Provide courses at foundation degree and degree level, masters level
    and beyond

  • Takes place in universities and some colleges

  • Independent living or living at home

  • Can be full time or taken part time or by correspondence course

  • Often take 3-4 years, can be more

  • Subject range is enormous. Visit www.ucas.co.uk to explore

  • Subjects can be traditional academic or vocational in nature

  • Significant cost and investment will likely be incurred

Employment/Apprenticeships

  • Young adults are employed

  • There are management traineeships to choose from

  • Earning money and learning at the same time

  • Real training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, inspected by Ofsted

  • A combination of day release to college and/or assessment at work

  • Potential to have a degree course paid for by your employer at level 4

  • Potential to be promoted and earn more within the company

  • Excellent credentials for a CV to support progression to another employer

Gap Year

  • Doing something that will enhance skills, motivation and experience

  • Increases self-confidence, independence

  • A break from study and a time to rethink overall careers plans

  • A time to earn some money

  • Strengthen CV

  • Experience interesting people and lifestyles

  • Retake and improve exam grades

  • A chance to do something totally different

  • An opportunity to really enhance career prospects