Career Options

What options do I have?

Vocational Learning – BTEC Diplomas

  • This is a mixture of hands on learning, classroom learning and work experience
  • You are assessed through course work and exams
  • Courses directly relate to a career in childcare, social care, I.T., hospitality and public services
  • There are different kinds of Diploma (level 1,2 and 3) depending on your GCSE results.

Academic – A Levels

  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now Linear and you study for 2 years before taking your A level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before e.g. law, psychology and sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve 5 GCSE’s at grade A* – C (grades 9-4) including Maths and English. Some colleges may ask for B(5) grades so check individual college entry requirements


  • This type of learning involves on the job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work 4 days a week with a company
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas to find out more look on the apprenticeship web site:-
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study programme or a traineeship


  • If you are ready for an apprenticeship but may benefit from some work experiences to help you secure a placement, a traineeship may be suitable