Apprenticeship or A Levels Watch
This is my first post so go easy :P
Basically I'm just going in to year 11 and at the end of this year I will have to choose to go to 6th form or do an apprenticeship. I am likely to get 11 A* to C GCSE's but I'm not sure about a levels. I have read some other posts on here about this topic and it seems that employers are looking for experience. I don't think I want to go to uni and if I did I'd like to go later on in life doing something for fun. I would like to take an apprenticeship in London, (1hr commute on train) if the right opportunity in a creative/digital ad agency came up. I have skills with photoshop, final cut pro, illustrator etc. and have been doing freelance work since the age of about 13. Do you think this would help me get a job in such a competitive field and is it worth taking the risk of apprenticeship vs a levels. Also is it worth emailing companies offering apprenticeships this academic year and asking if they'll be doing them next year?
Thanks a lot,
My advice would be to go on to do A-levels in subjects that will match the areas of interest you have.
You can then always go on to do an apprenticeship after your A-levels instead of going to university.
By doing the A-levels (or equivalent) it will mean much more opportunities are open to you, and will mean if you change your mind going to university will be easier.
It will depend on the apprenticeship level (how high the academic qualification is), but many apprenticeship programmes require A-levels (or equivalent) anyway, so it would also open up more apprenticeship opportunities to you too.
You might want to look at some apprenticeship job-boards (ratemyapprenticeship or the apprenticeship.org.uk) to see what you would be eligible for post GCSE vs post A-level.
What I would stress though is that whatever my advice is, if you don't agree with it, then ignore it! You have to do what is best for you and most importantly what you think you will enjoy the most.
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Hi and welcome to TSR, definitely do your research now, like emailing the companies so you can plan ahead. Meanwhile, I think your decision may come with time, through year 11 your opinions on A levels or Apprenticeships may change, for example you may feel even more comfortable with doing an Apprenticeship... so at the moment only you can make that decision. Good luck!
I have also just been looking at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy which would offer a BTECH. Would that still keep doors open for the future?
You could work/do some sort of training alongside (starting in the summer I guess) and having both would give you a broader range of options and ideas. Also, you are still young and may change your plans when you're older. Don't quote me on this but I've always been told that even if you're not sure about what you want to do with your life, at least carry on with gaining high qualifications than GCSEs (I don't mean uni, just like A-levels, IB, college qualifications). If you can gain them through an apprenticeship then great, but otherwise, have a good think.
I wish you the best of luck and also hope your GCSEs go well
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Knowing software isn't enough, you need to know how to generate brilliant ideas and that only comes with practice. Although going to university isn't your only option, rushing into a job will probably hamper your creativity in the long run. You're confidence is great to see but you'll learn a huge amount from working with professionals for a few years before setting up on your own.