Ultimately your options are limitless. If you have the passion and determination to succeed and are willing to work hard, you have multiple options available to you. Progressing onto Further Education opens that selection even wider.
There are four main routes you can take – A Levels, Vocational Qualification, an Apprenticeship or T Levels.
A Levels, which are the more “traditional” exam-based qualifications. You will be expected to take at least three A Levels which are more classroom-based than other forms of higher-education. They’re sometimes referred to as “Academic Qualifications” and can be seen as a route to university – although that is no longer the case.
Vocational qualifications are courses like BTECs which are the equivalent of three A Levels but are taken in one subject. A vocational qualification will have more practical-based learning and will see you spend less time doing traditional classroom-based learning.
An Apprenticeship is a way to earn while you learn. You will be employed by a company and learn on-the-job, while your learning is supported, usually with one day per week at College. It’s a great way to get real world experience and ensure you’re learning the latest techniques and skills.
T Levels are the most recent addition to the world of education. These strike a balance between academic-style learning and Apprenticeships. On a T Level course you will spend time in College and also have a minimum 45 day placement at a company directly related to your chosen career pathway.