general question- would an apprenticeship affect your health more than A levels?

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Why would either of them affect your health?
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Why would either of them affect your health?
A levels are very demanding and you have to put health second to do well in them and also make sure it doesn’t have an impact on your work, Apprenticeships require you to go on a work placement with on-the job training combined with off-the-job training. One could say if you can’t study then you won’t be able to do Apprenticeships either because you are stuck in long term employment and have to manage both studying and working at the same time.
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A levels are very demanding and you have to put health second to do well in them and also make sure it doesn’t have an impact on your work, Apprenticeships require you to go on a work placement with on-the job training combined with off-the-job training. One could say if you can’t study then you won’t be able to do Apprenticeships either because you are stuck in long term employment and have to manage both studying and working at the same time.
I think it depends on the person and how much they enjoy one or the other. If someone enjoys the subjects at A-level and sees it more as a way to develop their interest rather than passing exams, they are less likely to be stressed by it and enjoy it more overall - which may in turn help them balance studying and personal care. Whereas someone who doesn't enjoy studying (in a more formal sense/reading from books etc) may find that the practical elements of the apprenticeship are a much better way for them to learn and therefore they may enjoy that option more.

It also depends on how much effort the person wants to put in, to an extent. Someone who is really passionate about whichever route they choose may put more effort in/go above and beyond what is expected which will inevitably introduce a greater workload and pressures for the individual, however this is the person's choice, rather than a necessity to get a good grade or pass their apprenticeship.

In terms of health, I don't think it's a case of either A-levels or an apprenticeship being good or bad for it, but rather how an individual chooses to manage the route they take. I say this as someone who opted for an apprenticeship after GCSEs but enjoyed both the on and off-the-job training, though it took a while to find the balance (and I'm still trying to figure it out). I can't compare how different my health is, but I think there are pros and cons to both sides. For example, on the apprenticeship, I had less formal studying to do and all qualifications were assignment-based (before it changed), so I had more time for other things but this was often filled with apprenticeship-specific work like completing NVQ evidence files or the day job. Similarly, as I was earning a wage, I was able to go and socialise with friends without worrying as much about whether or not I could afford it - so to an extent some of the other pressures associated with being a full-time student had been alleviated.

It's an interesting question and one I'm sure I could debate for a while!
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A levels are very demanding and you have to put health second to do well in them and also make sure it doesn’t have an impact on your work, Apprenticeships require you to go on a work placement with on-the job training combined with off-the-job training. One could say if you can’t study then you won’t be able to do Apprenticeships either because you are stuck in long term employment and have to manage both studying and working at the same time.
And people have been doing this for years and years and years. There are no necessary health implications to school or work.
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