RIGHT, THE FIREROUND!
Your secondary school life has ended. The only thing that will determine your future are your GCSE results.
What do if you’ve obtained 5 or more GCSE grades at A* – C.
- Continue forward to A-Levels if you’re thinking of going to university
- Begin with Intermediate Apprenticeships (if you’ve obtained an A*- C in English and Maths)
- Complete an Advanced Apprenticeship if you’re looking to go straight into work and NOT go further with college. Many of these Advanced apprenticeships last between one to four years, with the guarantee of a full-time job with a full paid salary. If you want, you can advance to a Higher Apprenticeship qualification.
What to do if you’ve obtained less than five grades of A*-C.
- Apply for the Intermediate Apprenticeship, but take note that some employers may require you to do a literacy and numeracy test. Some will require you to retake your GCSEs whilst being an apprentice. We’ll discuss more about this option in this section.
- Apply for a Traineeship
- Take Vocational Qualifications. National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and BTEC Nationals are both work related qualifications. However, they’re NOT the same:
BTEC – these qualifications reach up to Level 3 and are workplace-assessed that focuses more on coursework, which many would prefer instead of exams.
The three types of BTECs are:
- BTEC Firsts ( Level 2 qualification),
- BTEC Nationals (Level 3 qualification)
- BTEC Higher Nationals (Level 5 qualification).
NVQ – Unlike BTEC Nationals, these are more relative to practical-work-relative skills, enabling you to build on the competencies that employers look for in applicants in a particular industry.
Surprisingly, there are many NVQ courses that are part of an apprenticeship, work placement or part-time job. So taking the course can be flexible whilst you obtain experience with your qualification.
- Retake the GCSEs – Specifically the English and Maths; because these are the two that most employers and apprenticeships ask the most. Therefore, don’t feel sad if a vocational qualification or apprenticeship asks you to do this.
We’ve done a previous post about A-levels, where we’ve listed a range of employers that offer apprenticeships, traineeships and current job opportunities. Why not check it out the sections titled ‘Apprenticeships’ and ‘Traineeships‘ in order to consider your options.
Otherwise, here are the employers offering School Leaving Programmes across the a diverse range of industries.
Ernst & Young
Marks & Spencer
Thomas & Adamson