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Post-GCSE options

Post GCSE optionsEnglish teacher Nic Worgan discusses the options for those students who have finished their GCSEs

If you collected your results yesterday, congratulations – that’s your GCSEs done! What are your options from here on in? It is a good idea to have a chat with your tutor or teacher, someone other than your parents who will be able to offer you advice on your options. It is important that you are able to consider all of your options with someone who can help you.

You can also go to a careers advisor. Most schools and colleges will have these, where you can book an appointment for a chat in light of your results. If you don’t want to use the ones at your school or college there are national services you can get in touch with, just do an internet search for “careers services” to find the ones in your area.

One of your options is to study in a sixth form with a view to go on to higher education (such as a degree course) or a vocational course. If your school has a sixth form that offers the subjects you want, they will probably welcome you back in September. Although you will be returning to the familiar, remember that your day is likely to be very different and you will be treated as more of an adult. If your school doesn’t offer the subjects you want to take, there may be one in the surrounding area that does.

Another option is to continue study at a college. They may offer similar courses to your school, but it is likely to be a more relaxed atmosphere. Remember though, it will be up to you not to relax too much, you must have the self discipline to work hard as you will be left to work on your own to a greater extent than at school. If you can work hard independently in a college, it is great preparation for university as you will develop the necessary skills and self discipline.

The other option is the world of work. If you have had enough of school and exams and you are ready to start to earn your own money, this could be the option for you. Again, a careers advisor can provide a wealth of information for you if this is the path you decide upon.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are aware of all of your options and don’t be afraid to talk to the people who are there to help you.

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