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    I received a B at AS Maths this year, which was lower than I'd hoped. I'd been achieving A-A*s in class. Over the Summer I decided I wanted to drop out and do an apprenticeship. However, I started A2 as I was unsure what apprenticeship to do and my Dad wants me to go to university. These past two months I've really struggled to focus, revise or understand any of my subjects. However, my teachers think I get it as I'm able to feign understanding in class. In most of my assessments I get D's. All this said, I really don't think I can cope with the stress of exams again and am not fully sure what I want to do at uni. In September, I went on a holiday where I got a taste of watersports and I really want to apply for an instructor course. My dilemma is that my parents don't want me to waste my 'brains'/potential. I don't think I'll achieve the grades to get into uni and don't want to waste time doing something I change my mind about, when I know if I really want it I can d an access course to get in. Should I drop out? How would I convince my parents and tutors that it's the right thing for me? Please help! Side note: no experience is required for the Instructor course but I'm worried that also if I only go for it and can't do certain aspects I'll be unsure where to go next.
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    (Original post by potatolover)
    I received a B at AS Maths this year, which was lower than I'd hoped. I'd been achieving A-A*s in class. Over the Summer I decided I wanted to drop out and do an apprenticeship. However, I started A2 as I was unsure what apprenticeship to do and my Dad wants me to go to university. These past two months I've really struggled to focus, revise or understand any of my subjects. However, my teachers think I get it as I'm able to feign understanding in class. In most of my assessments I get D's. All this said, I really don't think I can cope with the stress of exams again and am not fully sure what I want to do at uni. In September, I went on a holiday where I got a taste of watersports and I really want to apply for an instructor course. My dilemma is that my parents don't want me to waste my 'brains'/potential. I don't think I'll achieve the grades to get into uni and don't want to waste time doing something I change my mind about, when I know if I really want it I can d an access course to get in. Should I drop out? How would I convince my parents and tutors that it's the right thing for me? Please help! Side note: no experience is required for the Instructor course but I'm worried that also if I only go for it and can't do certain aspects I'll be unsure where to go next.
    Your not guaranteed to get it though. However, if you strongly wish to pursue it, have a serious talk with your parents and tell them that you don't want to go to university.
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    I'm only in my AS year, but honestly I'm in the exact position as you. I really really really want to drop out and do an apprenticeship. I love sixth form and the independence, but the stress is unreal. I didn't in my wildest dreams think it would be this hard. Advice my teacher gave to me though, keep going. You can do a higher apprenticeship once you complete all your a levels which is equivalent to a degree but you'll be working and gaining a qualification (less exams). You will be more valued by an employer if you have a levels, over someone who doesn't. Right now, as you will not have completed all a levels, your choice in apprenticeship is quite limited as really good companies and firms require a levels. So, complete your a levels, as you've said your in your last year, you've got a couple months left and just find some sort of motivation. Good luck!
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    Your not guaranteed to get it though. However, if you strongly wish to pursue it, have a serious talk with your parents and tell them that you don't want to go to university.
    Thank you, I'm going to talk to my tutor and wait to go to the selection day for the course and see if they think I'd be a suitable candidate before I make any final decisions :-)
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    Focus on your studies, get a part-time job and apply for an apprenticeship once you finish college for the year. I'm sure your Dad just wants you to do whatever you'd like to do with your life and be happy, and that he just expects you to want to go to uni.
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    (Original post by potatolover)
    Thank you, I'm going to talk to my tutor and wait to go to the selection day for the course and see if they think I'd be a suitable candidate before I make any final decisions :-)
    That's good, good luck!
 
 
 
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