Which career path will you take?
Leaving school can be a daunting prospect for any young person, particularly when it comes to choosing a future career path.
Happily, there are many options available for achieving the qualifications you may need to achieve your personal goals.
And whether you're an academic person or more practical by nature, there's sure to be a path that's ideal for your requirements.
In fact, a wide range of Further Education routes is now available – from Entry Level up to Level 3, depending on ability, qualifications and your chosen subject area.
Qualifications are studied at different stages or 'Levels', starting at Entry or Foundation Level and going all the way up to Level 8 – the highest qualification a person can get.
So what grades do you need to study at each level? Well, the following should help:
Entry Level and Level 1 – which includes Foundation Learning, GNVQs & Functional Skills qualifications: You don't need GCSEs, although you're encouraged to always try to get the best grades possible. These courses usually last for one year, full-time, and can be studied alongside a GCSE.
Level 2 – which includes GCSEs, BTEC Level 2 Diplomas, NVQs & CACHE Level 2 Diplomas: You'll usually need two to four GCSEs, Grade D or above and these qualifications tend to last for one year of full-time study.
Level 3 – which includes BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, BTEC Extended Diplomas, NVQs & CACHE Level 3 Diplomas: A course at this level normally requires four to five GCSEs Grade C or above and will usually require both mathematics and English. These courses usually last for two years of full-time study and include apprenticeship options, which are a fantastic way of earning cash while you gain a qualification.
So whatever your aspirations and wherever you happen to be in developing your career, there's an option to help you take that vital next step.
(Information supplied by Grimsby Institute Group)