Short for Advanced Level, A-levels come after GCSEs. They usually focus on academic subjects, compared to vocational courses like BTECs and NVQs, which are more practical. Students choose which A-level subjects they want to study when they are doing their GCSEs, and admission is usually dependent on your GCSE grades. A-levels will be linear, rather than modular. What does this mean? Well, you’ll take all the exams at the end of the two-year course rather than being assessed after each module. If you enjoy academic learning and want to study a broad range of subjects, they could be the perfect option for you.
BTECs and NVQs
Vocational qualifications are practical qualifications that relate to a specific job or career sector. Unlike more academic courses like A-levels, they combine a mix of theory and practical learning. Vocational qualifications are a good option if you have a clear idea of what type of career or trade you’d like to work in. They can help you to achieve the specific skills you need to get a job or progress further in your studies.