Dream or Reality? Performing arts or grammar school?

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So I'm currently in year 11 and I've been working really hard since the start of year 10 to get top grades in all my subjects. For each mock exam series I've achieved an average of a grade 7 across all my subjects... I've applied to a variety of different sixth forms for Maths, English Literature and Psychology but as a back up plan I also put to use my talent and passion for Music and applied to one of the top performing arts colleges in this country.
I went to the Aptitude Workshop for this college and I was so amazed by what the school and course had to offer that I really feel like pursuing my passion rather than continuing with my academic A-Level choices.
At the end of the day - I see myself ending up in some sort of managment job which is why I originally applied for Maths (so that I could go onto Economics). But I've literally got 3 conditional offers from extremely good schools, it sounds almost ridiculous but - I really don't know whether to follow my dreams or stick with the practical route of A-level.
My problem is that the Music course is vocational (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) and although I'd love to do it, so many doors to universities will be closed as A-Level is preferred by most Russell Group universities. If I went to this school, I'd probably end up doing this BTEC with A-Level English Literature as a backup plan but even then, one A-Level is probably pointless.

And then there's the fact that I originally intended to pursue Economics internationally (so I'd do a language A-Level), but the entire reason I became interested in that area was because of how amazed I was by Music marketing (of certain artists). Of course I know they're unrelated but I would like to specialise in Music management. I don't know what to do. My friends are telling me to choose my 'dream' whilst adults and my family are encouraging me to choose the traditional route to success.

Help lol.
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(Original post by Saira.Z)
So I'm currently in year 11 and I've been working really hard since the start of year 10 to get top grades in all my subjects. For each mock exam series I've achieved an average of a grade 7 across all my subjects... I've applied to a variety of different sixth forms for Maths, English Literature and Psychology but as a back up plan I also put to use my talent and passion for Music and applied to one of the top performing arts colleges in this country.
I went to the Aptitude Workshop for this college and I was so amazed by what the school and course had to offer that I really feel like pursuing my passion rather than continuing with my academic A-Level choices.
At the end of the day - I see myself ending up in some sort of managment job which is why I originally applied for Maths (so that I could go onto Economics). But I've literally got 3 conditional offers from extremely good schools, it sounds almost ridiculous but - I really don't know whether to follow my dreams or stick with the practical route of A-level.
My problem is that the Music course is vocational (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) and although I'd love to do it, so many doors to universities will be closed as A-Level is preferred by most Russell Group universities. If I went to this school, I'd probably end up doing this BTEC with A-Level English Literature as a backup plan but even then, one A-Level is probably pointless.

And then there's the fact that I originally intended to pursue Economics internationally (so I'd do a language A-Level), but the entire reason I became interested in that area was because of how amazed I was by Music marketing (of certain artists). Of course I know they're unrelated but I would like to specialise in Music management. I don't know what to do. My friends are telling me to choose my 'dream' whilst adults and my family are encouraging me to choose the traditional route to success.

Help lol.
firstly, congratulations on the grades!

it must be a tough choice, but ultimately its gonna be you going through the next phase of your education, not your friends or parents so make sure its right for YOU

a performing arts school sounds amazing, i would've loved to gone to one, but i know i wouldn't have been able to cope being away from academics n the whole competition of the industry...make sure you go and visit all the schools on a weekend or something, ask people online/if you know them irl about their experiences to see if its the right fit for you

you do have to have the future in mind and what you're gonna realistically be able to achieve - but either decision will lead you down an incredible path
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firstly, congratulations on the grades!

it must be a tough choice, but ultimately its gonna be you going through the next phase of your education, not your friends or parents so make sure its right for YOU

a performing arts school sounds amazing, i would've loved to gone to one, but i know i wouldn't have been able to cope being away from academics n the whole competition of the industry...make sure you go and visit all the schools on a weekend or something, ask people online/if you know them irl about their experiences to see if its the right fit for you

you do have to have the future in mind and what you're gonna realistically be able to achieve - but either decision will lead you down an incredible path
Thank you! I honestly feel like this choice will probably change my entire philosophy to life... I could temporarily live my dream not knowing when it might come crashing down, or I could go to grammar school and find comfort in knowing that I'll end up alright no matter what. But I think I'll wait to have my interviews at the other schools and then really decide what I want from life. Thanks!
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Thank you! I honestly feel like this choice will probably change my entire philosophy to life... I could temporarily live my dream not knowing when it might come crashing down, or I could go to grammar school and find comfort in knowing that I'll end up alright no matter what. But I think I'll wait to have my interviews at the other schools and then really decide what I want from life. Thanks!
ah i feel ya girl. but going to the grammar school doesn't mean you have to stop your passions! there's plenty of stuff at school you could get involved in eg. school productions, drama clubs etc and if not maybe you can set them up yourself or join an external club as a sorta extracurricular

all the best with the interviews <3
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firstly, congratulations on the grades!

it must be a tough choice, but ultimately its gonna be you going through the next phase of your education, not your friends or parents so make sure its right for YOU

a performing arts school sounds amazing, i would've loved to gone to one, but i know i wouldn't have been able to cope being away from academics n the whole competition of the industry...make sure you go and visit all the schools on a weekend or something, ask people online/if you know them irl about their experiences to see if its the right fit for you

you do have to have the future in mind and what you're gonna realistically be able to achieve - but either decision will lead you down an incredible path
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(Original post by Saira.Z)
So I'm currently in year 11 and I've been working really hard since the start of year 10 to get top grades in all my subjects. For each mock exam series I've achieved an average of a grade 7 across all my subjects... I've applied to a variety of different sixth forms for Maths, English Literature and Psychology but as a back up plan I also put to use my talent and passion for Music and applied to one of the top performing arts colleges in this country.
I went to the Aptitude Workshop for this college and I was so amazed by what the school and course had to offer that I really feel like pursuing my passion rather than continuing with my academic A-Level choices.
At the end of the day - I see myself ending up in some sort of managment job which is why I originally applied for Maths (so that I could go onto Economics). But I've literally got 3 conditional offers from extremely good schools, it sounds almost ridiculous but - I really don't know whether to follow my dreams or stick with the practical route of A-level.
My problem is that the Music course is vocational (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) and although I'd love to do it, so many doors to universities will be closed as A-Level is preferred by most Russell Group universities. If I went to this school, I'd probably end up doing this BTEC with A-Level English Literature as a backup plan but even then, one A-Level is probably pointless.

And then there's the fact that I originally intended to pursue Economics internationally (so I'd do a language A-Level), but the entire reason I became interested in that area was because of how amazed I was by Music marketing (of certain artists). Of course I know they're unrelated but I would like to specialise in Music management. I don't know what to do. My friends are telling me to choose my 'dream' whilst adults and my family are encouraging me to choose the traditional route to success.

Help lol.
So I did my gcses at a grammar school and, idk about you, but for me it was sorta hellish. I moved halfway up the country to do my a levels because at that point i felt that it would benefit me to have a change and my family were gonna move awayeither then or after a levels anyway. I currently study music, politics, and spanish at a normal school at a level and i personally think that you should do what you wanna do. I have a friend who went and did performing arts at a college near where i used to live and it didnt screw up her life dreams of going to a Russel group uni, especially since she was applying for a performance based degree. A levels will give you a more theoretical standpoint than a btec will but (I'm year 13 and am looking around unis etc) let me tell you this one thing

As long as you can make music or perform or dance or act they don't care.

I was told for years universities wouldnt want me because I'm not grade 8 piano but when I got there for my interview and took the music I've written with me, they genuinely didnt care whether I had that behind me or not. A guy I met during one of the interviews was doing a level 3 performing arts btec and he got the same offer as I did (converted across for his course obviously). It honestly doesnt matter, so do what you wanna do.
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So I did my gcses at a grammar school and, idk about you, but for me it was sorta hellish. I moved halfway up the country to do my a levels because at that point i felt that it would benefit me to have a change and my family were gonna move awayeither then or after a levels anyway. I currently study music, politics, and spanish at a normal school at a level and i personally think that you should do what you wanna do. I have a friend who went and did performing arts at a college near where i used to live and it didnt screw up her life dreams of going to a Russel group uni, especially since she was applying for a performance based degree. A levels will give you a more theoretical standpoint than a btec will but (I'm year 13 and am looking around unis etc) let me tell you this one thing

As long as you can make music or perform or dance or act they don't care.

I was told for years universities wouldnt want me because I'm not grade 8 piano but when I got there for my interview and took the music I've written with me, they genuinely didnt care whether I had that behind me or not. A guy I met during one of the interviews was doing a level 3 performing arts btec and he got the same offer as I did (converted across for his course obviously). It honestly doesnt matter, so do what you wanna do.
Wow thank you so much! I've been doing a bit more research into BTEC vs A-Level and I've found that quite a few Russell Group universities do accept the extended diploma as well as A-Levels. So I'd be alright to specialise now and go to the performing arts school but I also realise that there is another way to get to my dream career as well. If I go to grammar school and do Music A-Level, I can go onto university that way (ensuring I'll definitely get into a top uni with the right grades) and then I could to a Master's degree in Music Management or tech etc. But of course that way is long winded instead of just going directly through BTEC. I guess I'm gonna wait to see if I prefer the grammar school when I go to the interview but I'm quite conflicted about what to choose at the moment.
Thanks for the advice!
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