Dropping out of sixth form? Watch

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I'm in year twelve at the moment and have just returned to school from the first half term holiday of the year. and I just have no motivation to get my work done.
In the beginning of sixth form there were problems regarding my subjects and, after some sorting out I got put into double art BTEC level 3, and English lit A level.
I thought I really wanted to do these subjects but I'm just not interested in the kind of art i'm doing (split into three, photography, sculpture and fine art). I'd much rather get into textiles and design, I don't do well in fine art since I cant draw or paint etc and same goes for sculpture. I kind of enjoy the photography aspect of it, but not enough to find any motivation. Also I'm not actually a good at English as I thought I was, not to mention I'm just generally losing interest in everything.

I think the main reason I'm feeling this way is that I'm starting to wonder whether my decision to choose sixth form was the right one, because I just feel so sick of the school system. the only reason I went was because I listened to everyone around me saying 'sixth form is better, you're not ready for a work environment'
My main concern is not being able to get an apprenticeship because its already November and because I got a D in maths and have to retake in school. Would that stop me from being accepted into an apprenticeship?
I've just applied for one on fashion design and styling (level 3) and it said I should get a response within four weeks.

I'm just scared in general I suppose of making the wrong decision, any advice on the situation would seriously be great. x
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(Original post by MiniDoughnuts)
Hi,
I'm in year twelve at the moment and have just returned to school from the first half term holiday of the year. and I just have no motivation to get my work done.
In the beginning of sixth form there were problems regarding my subjects and, after some sorting out I got put into double art BTEC level 3, and English lit A level.
I thought I really wanted to do these subjects but I'm just not interested in the kind of art i'm doing (split into three, photography, sculpture and fine art). I'd much rather get into textiles and design, I don't do well in fine art since I cant draw or paint etc and same goes for sculpture. I kind of enjoy the photography aspect of it, but not enough to find any motivation. Also I'm not actually a good at English as I thought I was, not to mention I'm just generally losing interest in everything.

I think the main reason I'm feeling this way is that I'm starting to wonder whether my decision to choose sixth form was the right one, because I just feel so sick of the school system. the only reason I went was because I listened to everyone around me saying 'sixth form is better, you're not ready for a work environment'
My main concern is not being able to get an apprenticeship because its already November and because I got a D in maths and have to retake in school. Would that stop me from being accepted into an apprenticeship?
I've just applied for one on fashion design and styling (level 3) and it said I should get a response within four weeks.

I'm just scared in general I suppose of making the wrong decision, any advice on the situation would seriously be great. x
Maybe you could look at the specifications of your subjects and see if you will cover things in the future that interest you. However if you really feel that what you are currently doing at sixth form is not motivating you whatsoever then it may not be for you. If you are doing something which you don't like now then I think you'll find it incridibly hard to find the motivation to revise for your exams. Sixth form is certainly not 'better' for some people so what your friends said about not being ready for work is a load of rubbish. If you really want to work, then of course you're ready. In terms of it being too late, i wouldn't worry. I'm in year 13 and some people in my year have recently dropped out of sixth form to do apprenticeships, so don't think a decsion has to be made now. I think you should wait for the reply in four weeks and stay in sixth form until then. If they say yes and you want to do it then go for it. If they say no, try for another one, and maybe stop going to sixth form and retake your Maths exam in June if required by the company you apply to
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Maybe you could look at the specifications of your subjects and see if you will cover things in the future that interest you. However if you really feel that what you are currently doing at sixth form is not motivating you whatsoever then it may not be for you. If you are doing something which you don't like now then I think you'll find it incridibly hard to find the motivation to revise for your exams. Sixth form is certainly not 'better' for some people so what your friends said about not being ready for work is a load of rubbish. If you really want to work, then of course you're ready. In terms of it being too late, i wouldn't worry. I'm in year 13 and some people in my year have recently dropped out of sixth form to do apprenticeships, so don't think a decsion has to be made now. I think you should wait for the reply in four weeks and stay in sixth form until then. If they say yes and you want to do it then go for it. If they say no, try for another one, and maybe stop going to sixth form and retake your Maths exam in June if required by the company you apply to
Thank you, I suppose I should have gone with my gut in the first place and not gone to sixth form. But better late than never I guess. I'm feeling better about it now that I've settled into the idea if that makes sense
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Thank you, I suppose I should have gone with my gut in the first place and not gone to sixth form. But better late than never I guess. I'm feeling better about it now that I've settled into the idea if that makes sense
It makes perfect sense, and it definitely is better late than never! Always do what feels right
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Hi,
I'm in year twelve at the moment and have just returned to school from the first half term holiday of the year. and I just have no motivation to get my work done.
In the beginning of sixth form there were problems regarding my subjects and, after some sorting out I got put into double art BTEC level 3, and English lit A level.
I thought I really wanted to do these subjects but I'm just not interested in the kind of art i'm doing (split into three, photography, sculpture and fine art). I'd much rather get into textiles and design, I don't do well in fine art since I cant draw or paint etc and same goes for sculpture. I kind of enjoy the photography aspect of it, but not enough to find any motivation. Also I'm not actually a good at English as I thought I was, not to mention I'm just generally losing interest in everything.

I think the main reason I'm feeling this way is that I'm starting to wonder whether my decision to choose sixth form was the right one, because I just feel so sick of the school system. the only reason I went was because I listened to everyone around me saying 'sixth form is better, you're not ready for a work environment'
My main concern is not being able to get an apprenticeship because its already November and because I got a D in maths and have to retake in school. Would that stop me from being accepted into an apprenticeship?
I've just applied for one on fashion design and styling (level 3) and it said I should get a response within four weeks.

I'm just scared in general I suppose of making the wrong decision, any advice on the situation would seriously be great. x

hi Mini Doughtnuts,

I am a year 3 student at Ravensbourne, I understand your confusion and lack of motivation to continue studying a subject you are not interested in.

Generally it is good to keep an open mind to what people say however for yourself if you have a taste of something and feel it does not suit you, you should immediately act upon it. It is difficult to force yourself to like something that you clearly do not like, it becomes draining and all that energy could be put to better use doing something you love.

In term of your maths situation if it is GCSE Maths it is best to make a start on retaking that, as this can affect your later career, as most universities and work require a minimum of C of English and Maths. If this is A-level, as PhyM23 mentioned you should definitely look ahead and check what requirements your future careers are, then make plans to retake if necessary. It is better to solve these things during A-level then leave it till closer to the time

Its great that you have applied for a fashion design and styling and I wish you the best, if you get it and want it then go for it. If they have said no, don't let it discourage you, there are plenty of other options you can go to.

When I was back in sixth form I wasn't offered a range of different creative arts and only had fine art to fall back on. My drawing style was very cartoony and stylished and often hard for me to change. However I still wanted to continue on with art just not in that area. I went on to do a foundation where I got a taste of different pathways in the creative art industry and opened up my options a bit more, perhaps this is something you can look into?

As you are in the midst of your A-levels I could recommend what is known as a pre-foundation course targeted towards students who have completed GCSEs and AS Levels, here is an example of the course if you'd like to check it out Click Me

Other universities and colleges may also provide it, and similar to a foundation course it gives you a taster of different creative pathways and helps build your portfolio. If you find it is still not something you are interested in, you can change again later on.

It is never too late to change your mind, just ensure you stay one step ahead and check in advance where your options can take you in future.

Hope this helps!
Jay
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hi Mini Doughtnuts,

I am a year 3 student at Ravensbourne, I understand your confusion and lack of motivation to continue studying a subject you are not interested in.

Generally it is good to keep an open mind to what people say however for yourself if you have a taste of something and feel it does not suit you, you should immediately act upon it. It is difficult to force yourself to like something that you clearly do not like, it becomes draining and all that energy could be put to better use doing something you love.

In term of your maths situation if it is GCSE Maths it is best to make a start on retaking that, as this can affect your later career, as most universities and work require a minimum of C of English and Maths. If this is A-level, as PhyM23 mentioned you should definitely look ahead and check what requirements your future careers are, then make plans to retake if necessary. It is better to solve these things during A-level then leave it till closer to the time

Its great that you have applied for a fashion design and styling and I wish you the best, if you get it and want it then go for it. If they have said no, don't let it discourage you, there are plenty of other options you can go to.

When I was back in sixth form I wasn't offered a range of different creative arts and only had fine art to fall back on. My drawing style was very cartoony and stylished and often hard for me to change. However I still wanted to continue on with art just not in that area. I went on to do a foundation where I got a taste of different pathways in the creative art industry and opened up my options a bit more, perhaps this is something you can look into?

As you are in the midst of your A-levels I could recommend what is known as a pre-foundation course targeted towards students who have completed GCSEs and AS Levels, here is an example of the course if you'd like to check it out Click Me

Other universities and colleges may also provide it, and similar to a foundation course it gives you a taster of different creative pathways and helps build your portfolio. If you find it is still not something you are interested in, you can change again later on.

It is never too late to change your mind, just ensure you stay one step ahead and check in advance where your options can take you in future.

Hope this helps!
Jay
Thank you for that huge response I went in for an interview with the fashion course and got accepted on the spot!
I am still thinking of the best decision as I dont want to make any rash movements. :3
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Do whatever you think you would enjoy, if that's working in tesco then drop out and work in tesco, if you want to go get a job in a certain career figure out what you need, degrees or apprenticeships and figure out what you need to make it to that point and go for it.
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change college, a change of scenery can make a difference?
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Hey, I stopped going to sixth form for pretty well similar reasons, don't beat yourself up! Whatever feels right for you now is the right decision, trust me, you will be better off (in your case) finding something that makes you happy now rather than something that makes you miserable which you hope will make you successful in future. Try out college! I'm off to do art and design level 3 (equivalent to A-levels, as I didn't complete my german, maths, bio and chem subjects in Year 13) and am much happier and healthier for making a change.
You will be ok either way! Happy to discuss this x
And college is a really good environment to explore creative subjects such as fashion design. It is a leap of courage, and it may be a good start for the future.
Enjoy stuff without too much pressure
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Thank you for the response! I actually did drop out of sixth form in the end, which turned out to be a great decision. That thing I mentioned that I got accepted into was actually a BTEC level 3 course (I initially applied for an apprenticeship but they said I wasn't qualified) in fashion design. I completed the two year course last year and am now getting ready to start my second year of uni Studying costume design which I love!
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