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Hey, I am about to start college in September but I really cannot decide between A Levels or doing an apprenticeship.

The A Levels I currently am set to be doing are Further Maths (fast track), Physics and Computer Science. I'm not worried about struggling with any of these a levels as i am academically smart.

My problem is however I cannot pay attention for long in a classroom setting as I find learning that way boring, I'd rather be more hands on which is where the apprenticeship comes in.

I would do a Software Development apprenticeship, as I would get to learn while actually doing stuff and earning money, while doing something I enjoy.

My problem is though I know if I change my mind during the Apprenticeship I will have to be in college for another year and I would hate to be behind.

I would want to go to University afterwards or do a degree Apprenticeship. However I am not sure if universities such as Oxford, University of Bristol and Cambridge would accept someone who has a BTEC qualification.

In an ideal world I would do the apprenticeship and an a level or two at the same time independently but I'm not sure if this is possible?

Thanks in advance!
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I can't offer much advice as I haven't done an apprenticeship but I think you just to weigh up your options. An apprenticeship will specialise you a lot more into one field and if you're certain that's what you want to do then great, and you can earn whilst doing something you enjoy. However, A-levels offer a bit more choice in terms of uni courses in case you change your mind.

If you struggle to pay attention in class then perhaps an apprenticeship would be better but you could always ask your potential teachers what the A-level lessons are like and express your worry about focusing for a long time. A-levels are definitely content heavy but things like physics will offer practical elements.

Finally, I would recommend that you look at university courses you are interested in and find the admissions statement; this will give you more information about what type of qualifications they accept. If that fails, email the universities you are interested in and ask what type of qualifications they would accept. I'm fairly sure Bristol accept BTECs as I have a friend who is going there in September and they did a BTEC qualification at college
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I am fairly sure they all accept BTECs, precisely to accommodate for people like you who would still be suited to high level universities yet struggle with teaching structure. You could mix them to hedge your bets a bit.

Apprenticeships are great, just make sure you want to and are not settling unnecessarily - because you can do a degree level one post-18, and other routes are available
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