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Options after Key Stage Five

KEY STAGE FIVE

USEFUL LINKS-

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/  CAREERS ADVICE

www.ucas.com SEARCH UNIVERSITY COURSES

www.university.which.co.uk – SEARCH UNIVERSITY COURSES AND COMPARE

www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance - STUDENT FINANCE (UNIVERSITY LOANS)

www.army.mod.uk JOIN THE FORCES, REPLACE ARMY IF OTHER ‘MARINES, RAF’

www.apprenticeships.org.uk – SEARCH FOR APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES

www.statravel.co.uk GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITIES

www.icould.com & www.careersbox.co.uk CAREERS INFORMATION AND VIDEOS

POSSIBLE ROUTES AFTER YEAR 13

University-

You can go onto further studies by undertaking Foundation or Honours degree as an Undergraduate, in a course area of your choice. The entry will depend on the course and university but useful websites to begin your search are- www.ucas.co.uk , www.university.which.co.uk.

Know your points for university

This table shows the new Tariff points for some popular qualifications.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate Extended Project Qualification AS level A level New Tariff points BTEC Extended Diploma BTEC Diploma BTEC Subsidiary Diploma BTEC Certificate
        168 D*D*D*      
        160 D*D*D      
        152 D*DD      
        144 DDD      
        128 DDM      
        112 DMM D*D*    
        104   D*D    
        96 MMM DD    
        80 MMP DM    
        64 MPP MM    
A*     A* 56     D*  
A     A 48 PPP MP D  
B     B 40        
C     C 32   PP M  
  A*     28       D*
D A   D 24       D
  B A   20        
E C B E 16     P M
  D C   12        
    D   10        
  E     8       P
    E   6        

 

Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. They take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy. As you are studying A level, you will be consdiered for Higher Level apprenticeships, depending on the sector you wish to go into.

Vacancies are found at www.apprenticeships.org.uk, alternatively if you can write to businesses within the sector you hope to work in to see if there are any opportunities.

Employment-

Sometimes staying in education or training is not for everyone, so you could consider an employment route. This will be applying for jobs that are suitable for your ability and qualifications, completing application forms and sending Cv’s. Job Centre Plus is a good website to begin a job search https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch

Gap Year

Taking a gap year can be done at any time, and some people decide to do this after they have completed A levels or College courses. This is usually before you decide to go to university or even after. Gap years can be spent in a ‘Year in Industry’, working for a company of your desired career, or travelling parts of the world. Most will go travelling and this can be done through various specialist gap year companies or travel agents

www.statravel.co.uk

www.theleap.co.uk

www.campsinternational.com 

www.campamerica.co.uk