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    It depends on what kind of path you want to take in life and what your skills are. If you're a vocational person and the kind of career you want doesn't require a degree and would benefit more from actual work experience then it wouldn't necessarily be a bad idea. However, obviously, you probably won't be able to go to University if you leave school after your GCSEs so that means a lot of jobs won't be available for you. Of course, if the kind of job you want doesn't require a degree then that's not a problem, but it's something you have to consider. The advantage of doing A-Levels is that it gives you longer to decide. You can still go for an apprenticeship after A-Levels.
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    Apprenticeships

    Pros

    • Practical experience: An apprenticeship provides an entry level opportunity into your chosen industry. You will gain valuable practical experience and will show potential future employers that you have the necessary skills.
    • Earn while you learn: an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to start earning right from the get go.

    Cons

    • Big step up: you may feel overwhelmed when you first start. Your employer will have deadlines to meet and clients to please. This can be a daunting prospect for a young person, however, the steep learning curve is highly rewarding.
    • Foregone opportunities: before beginning an apprenticeship it is important to consider your other options. Unless you are sure an apprenticeship is for you then it is a safer option to complete you secondary education. Similarly, a university education is a valuable experience and is a requirement for certain professions. Continuing your education will ensure a greater breadth of experience and can open more doors down the track.


    Information from: http://careerpathway.co.nz/tertiary-...prenticeships/


    A-Levels

    Pros
    - makes you think more academically
    - once you've learnt the theories and able to apply them, A-Levels might not be as hard

    Cons

    -confusing to start off with - WORK HARD WITH THE SUBJECT FROM THE GO, don't slack or you will not understand half of it and will become stressed by the time it came to exams.

    Personally, I'll pick A-Levels, if you feel that A-levels may be too challenging or difficult for you, you could alternatively study BTEC Level 3 courses.
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    Apprenticeships

    Pros

    • Practical experience: An apprenticeship provides an entry level opportunity into your chosen industry. You will gain valuable practical experience and will show potential future employers that you have the necessary skills.
    • Earn while you learn: an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to start earning right from the get go.

    Cons

    • Big step up: you may feel overwhelmed when you first start. Your employer will have deadlines to meet and clients to please. This can be a daunting prospect for a young person, however, the steep learning curve is highly rewarding.
    • Foregone opportunities: before beginning an apprenticeship it is important to consider your other options. Unless you are sure an apprenticeship is for you then it is a safer option to complete you secondary education. Similarly, a university education is a valuable experience and is a requirement for certain professions. Continuing your education will ensure a greater breadth of experience and can open more doors down the track.


    Information from: http://careerpathway.co.nz/tertiary-...prenticeships/


    A-Levels

    Pros
    - makes you think more academically
    - once you've learnt the theories and able to apply them, A-Levels might not be as hard

    Cons

    -confusing to start off with - WORK HARD WITH THE SUBJECT FROM THE GO, don't slack or you will not understand half of it and will become stressed by the time it came to exams.

    Personally, I'll pick A-Levels, if you feel that A-levels may be too challenging or difficult for you, you could alternatively study BTEC Level 3 courses.
    Thanks!😊 it's not the difficulty/grades I'm worried about, it's just the boredom of a further 2 years at school! Just want something new, trying not to go into something I'll regret.
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    Thanks!������ it's not the difficulty/grades I'm worried about, it's just the boredom of a further 2 years at school! Just want something new, trying not to go into something I'll regret.
    If you did study A-Levels, which subjects might you want to study?
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    (Original post by taylortron99)
    If you did study A-Levels, which subjects might you want to study?
    At the moment I'm considering English language, psychology and business. Struggling to come up with a fourth.
 
 
 

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