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What should I do

A bit of context: I am currently 17 turning 18 in May and a bit lost on what to do. I hate my current college course and am dropping out. I prefer exams over coursework. I have thought about a few options.

1. I go to a six form college and study a levels. I would do law psychology and sociology, I have the entry requirments however my gcses weren't all that great my highest grade being a 6 in religious studies. However I'm a little apprehensive about this as I've never been good at revising and tend to leave everything to the last minute. It's also a fairly long commute (hour and a half there)

2. I study a level 2 in horticultural practical skills and go from there and hopefully start my own business. I have a passion for horticulture and enjoy being outdoors so this would be a path I think I would enjoy.


3. I return to performing arts which I left last year after the first year as I was worried about my lack of options completing this course. I enjoyed this course but I'm worried about the lack of job opportunities and uni options

4. My last option I've considered is studying a level 3 extended diploma in live events production. This is another path I've considered going down as it seems like a really fun course and I think I would enjoy putting on/working behind the scenes at different events. However with no experience I'm not sure if it's something I'd like to do for the rest of my life. (Again a long commute at an hour and a half)

Any advice is appreciated and thanks for reading
Original post by Teganbutcher
A bit of context: I am currently 17 turning 18 in May and a bit lost on what to do. I hate my current college course and am dropping out. I prefer exams over coursework. I have thought about a few options.
1. I go to a six form college and study a levels. I would do law psychology and sociology, I have the entry requirments however my gcses weren't all that great my highest grade being a 6 in religious studies. However I'm a little apprehensive about this as I've never been good at revising and tend to leave everything to the last minute. It's also a fairly long commute (hour and a half there)
2. I study a level 2 in horticultural practical skills and go from there and hopefully start my own business. I have a passion for horticulture and enjoy being outdoors so this would be a path I think I would enjoy.
3. I return to performing arts which I left last year after the first year as I was worried about my lack of options completing this course. I enjoyed this course but I'm worried about the lack of job opportunities and uni options
4. My last option I've considered is studying a level 3 extended diploma in live events production. This is another path I've considered going down as it seems like a really fun course and I think I would enjoy putting on/working behind the scenes at different events. However with no experience I'm not sure if it's something I'd like to do for the rest of my life. (Again a long commute at an hour and a half)
Any advice is appreciated and thanks for reading

Im sorry I cant help more, but I would heavily suggest against going into A-levels if you're already in the mindset of revising last minute. Its extremely hard to break the habit, and I have some friends who have been trying for months. It's not for me to decide for you, however if you're super determined no one can stop you and you'd do great I'm sure. Just be 100% certain with your choice
Original post by Teganbutcher
A bit of context: I am currently 17 turning 18 in May and a bit lost on what to do. I hate my current college course and am dropping out. I prefer exams over coursework. I have thought about a few options.

1. I go to a six form college and study a levels. I would do law psychology and sociology, I have the entry requirments however my gcses weren't all that great my highest grade being a 6 in religious studies. However I'm a little apprehensive about this as I've never been good at revising and tend to leave everything to the last minute. It's also a fairly long commute (hour and a half there)

2. I study a level 2 in horticultural practical skills and go from there and hopefully start my own business. I have a passion for horticulture and enjoy being outdoors so this would be a path I think I would enjoy.


3. I return to performing arts which I left last year after the first year as I was worried about my lack of options completing this course. I enjoyed this course but I'm worried about the lack of job opportunities and uni options

4. My last option I've considered is studying a level 3 extended diploma in live events production. This is another path I've considered going down as it seems like a really fun course and I think I would enjoy putting on/working behind the scenes at different events. However with no experience I'm not sure if it's something I'd like to do for the rest of my life. (Again a long commute at an hour and a half)

Any advice is appreciated and thanks for reading


Sounds like you might struggle with a-levels a bit. Especially if you leave revising until the last minute.
Id go for option 2. Especially if its a path that you would enjoy.
A-levels are not like GCSE's you cannot be leaving revising to the last minute so I think you might struggle there. Performing arts can as you say be very difficult to get consistent work in. Live events production might be quite fun but if you're not sure about it long term then I think it would be a mistake.

So I'd go with option 2 - but I wouldn't go straight out and start your own business with a level 2 if that's what you mean. Keep moving up the levels - and look into apprenticeships (don't know what apprenticeships there are in horticulture) but if you can find one then you can work, earn and get qualifications.

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