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Academic Route

 

If you are good at exams, research, writing and independent thinking you would be most suited to A-Levels after completing your GCSEs. Students usual studied four A-Levels that are subject based and assessed via exams. Most A-Levels entry requirements are five grade 9 to 5, including Maths and English. Students mostly use A-Levels to access Higher Education, such as a university degree.

 

Pros-
Wide variety of subjects
Combination of subjects provides more options
Highly respected by both universities and employees


Cons-
Reliance on one-off exams for a two-year course
Require independence, reliance and dedication

 

 

Most students from Copley go on to study A-Levels at-
Clarendon Sixth Form College
Ashton Sixth Form College
Xavierian College
Loreto Sixth Form College

 

 

Vocational Route

 

If you are practical and prefer extended project-based learning, such as coursework, you might be more suited to a route that is more jobs-focused and assessed on regular written and practical assessments. Most Level 3 courses will require good grades at GCSE, but some colleges will offer the same course at a lower level to suit your ability, allowing for progress to Level 3.

 

Pros-
Courses are for all level of ability
Less reliant on exams
Provide specific skills and knowledge valued by employers


Cons-
A single course choice will often be only relevant to one possible outcome

 

 

Most students from Copley go on to study at
Tameside College
Ashton Sixth Form College

 

 

Work-based Learning (Apprenticeships)

 

If you want to start working straight away but want to also gain qualifications apprenticeships will best suit your needs, especially if you have a specific career in mind. They are assessment based and judge on what you do ‘on the job’. Apprenticeships are offered at both Level 2 and Level 3 and require reasonably good grades. Other work-based training at lower levels are available for students who might underperform at GCSE.

 

Pros-
Earn money as you learn
Opportunity to gain work experience
Potential full-time work placements and employment

 

Cons-
Very competitive
Not suitable for all careers

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