Hi, I'm currently in year 12 so I started doing A-Levels this year, but I am half way through the year and have started thinking about what I'm actually gonna do when I leave school. And I have decided that I am defiantly going to work in primary education. So I was looking at apprenticeships as a teaching assistant, but am unsure whether to try and get into an apprenticeship at the end of this year and only get AS levels or stay on at school for 1 more year and get A Levels? Has anyone else struggled with this sort of decision and if you have what did you do, wish you had done or even just your thoughts on the situation?!? I'm feeling very conflicted! Thanks for reading!!
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- Thread Starter
- 10-01-2015 01:16
- 10-01-2015 10:57
Although I'm not familiar with teaching and the best route.
Tbh, I'd say finish your A levels as it will probably give you more opportunities in the long run
- Specialist Advisor
- 13-01-2015 15:38
It can be tricky knowing what you want to do but not being able to get there quick enough. Taking a teaching assistant apprenticeship will undoubtedly give you valuable experience and make you more employable in the future.
Having said that, there is no rush! Completing your A-levels will provide you with valuable qualifications and while you have your eyes set on becoming a teacher now, you may change your mind in the future. Have you thought about trying to get some work experience before committing to your decision? It may be worth giving your old school a call and seeing if you could help out with any after school clubs, or perhaps observe lessons if you have any afternoons free.
Alternatively, why not have a look at Education.gov.uk for more information about gaining experience and getting yourself to where you want to be...
If you go onto that website, there is an advice line where someone may be able to give you an idea of what other people do in your situation.
Hope that helps!