Thinking about your future

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The purposes of this evening:
understand possible pathways for Post-16
education & training
have tools/plans for exploring next steps
and even Post-18
develop thinking, which is aspirational and
realistic for at least the next 1-2 years
Future jobs 2030?
Vertical farming
Future jobs 2030?
Body part maker
Future jobs 2030?
Insect based
food developer
What benefits are there to gaining
qualifications?
1980s/1990s Jobs
2012 Jobs
10% graduate only
26% graduate only
30% need no qualifications
23% need no qualifications
Average graduate earnings 52% higher
than low qualified
Average graduate earnings similar to
those with A levels
19.3% attend Higher Education
About 70 000
49% 17-30 year olds attend Higher
Education
About 400 000+
KEY STAGE FOUR CURRICULUM 2013 - 2015
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ENGLISH
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MATHS
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SCIENCE
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OPTION A
OPTION B
OPTION C
OPTION D
PE
INTEGRATED
OPTION 1
INTEGRATED
OPTION 2
OPTION C
OPTION D
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INTEGRATED
ENGLISH
MATHS
CORE
SCIENCE
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TRADITIONAL
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Qualifications explained
Levels 4-8
Doctorate
Masters degree
Honours degree
Foundation degree / HND
HNC
Higher
Apprenticeship
GCE A levels
BTEC/Diploma
Advanced
Apprenticeship
Level 2
GCSEs
grade A*-C
BTEC/Diploma
Intermediate
Apprenticeship
Level 1
GCSEs
grade D-G
BTEC/Diploma
Level 3
Preapprenticeship
/ Traineeship
What is the RPA?
• Education or training until 18th birthday
• Full-time education such as School or College
• Work based learning such as an Apprenticeship or
Traineeship
• Part-time education or training if you are
employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time
(which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).
• Employment without training is not an option!
• However you could leave earlier if you have
achieved level 3 qualifications e.g. 2 A-levels or
their equivalent.
Why are English & Maths so
important?
• Until 18th birthday, need to continue
studying for English and Maths UNTIL get
GCSE/iGCSE grade C or equivalent
• Functional skills level 2
• Grades in English & Maths affect what
courses you can do Post-16
Post 16 Options
Further Education
•A Levels
•Diplomas e.g.
BTEC, UAL
Training
•Apprenticeships
•Traineeships
Part time Education
or Training if:
•Employed
•Self-Employed
•Volunteering
What are popular A levels?
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(Also known as GCEs)
Art & Design
* ICT
Business Studies
* Music
Dance
* Mandarin
Drama & Theatre Studies * PE
Economics
* Philosophy
English Language
* Product design:
Graphics
English Literature
* Product design:
French
Textiles
Geography
* Psychology
Government & Politics
German
History
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Applied Science
Biology
Chemistry
Geology
Maths
Further Maths
Physics
Consider University courses
 Where to study
 3&1
 Essay writing subjects
 Higher Apprenticeships
What are the entry requirements
to do A levels?
AS & A2 Levels
• GCSE grades of at least a B in the subjects being
studied, as well as at least a C in English and Maths
• Main route into university, especially Russell Group
(24 top universities)
Entry requirements for courses
 Make sure that you are being realistic about entry
requirements for courses.
 Sometimes these are expressed as points:
e.g. An average of 42 points for top 8 qualifications for A
level entry to Sweyne Park, 32 points for A level/BTEC
combined courses. (A* = 58 points, then each lower
grade is 6 points less – 52,46,40(grade C),34…….)
 Sometimes expressed as grades, with specific subjects
noted.
 Be REALISTIC and ASPIRATIONAL
Job sectors
Examples of BTECs/Diplomas &
other professional qualifications?
(Various levels and sized qualifications)
Animal management
Applied science
Art & design
Beauty Therapy
Bricklaying
Business
Carpentry & joinery
Children’s care learning &
development
 Engineering
 Hairdressing
 Health & social care
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Horse management
Hospitality
Professional cookery
IT
Media
Music
Music technology
Performing arts
Photography
Public services
Sport & exercise sciences
Vehicle maintenance & repair
What are BTECs/Diplomas/Professional
qualifications?
• a more practical approach
• level 3 can be a route to university, with A levels or
D*/D/M grade combinations
• Entry requirements depend on level, are specific to
course, & where studied
Level 1: GCSEs 1-2 at A*-G
Level 2: GCSEs 2-4 at A*-D C?
Level 3: GCSEs 4-5 at A*-C, normally including
English and Maths
BTECs beware the names and sizes
• Extended diploma/diploma/foundation learning
• What to look for?
e.g. Construction level 3 Extended Diploma or
90 Credit Diploma
Construction level 2 Diploma
Foundation Learning – Level 1
Foundation Learning courses are one-year
programmes that can help you to progress onto
a Level 2 BTEC Diploma or Apprenticeship. It
includes a vocational qualification, Functional
Skills in English, Maths & ICT, and Personal &
Social Development.
Apprenticeships – popular types…
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Animal care
Catering
Childcare
Construction
Engineering
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Horticulture
Mechanics
Office work
Retail
Veterinary nursing
Apprenticeships in outline…..
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Ready for work
Earn & learn (£2.73 per hour minimum)
Job training & college placements
Functional skills
Earliest start date July 1st 2015
Apprenticeships website
Apprenticeships
http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Next steps
What are you going to do next (as a family)
about your Post-16 plans?
Helpful websites
• Careers information & advice
http://prospectus.i-
essex.co.uk/
• National Careers Service
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
• Apprenticeships http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
• Complete University Guide
http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/
• UCAS http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/choosingcourses/admissions/
• Fast Tomato http://www.fasttomato.com/ and Login
• Unifrog https://www.unifrog.org/ and login
Key Points
• There is a course out there for everyone.
• Progression onto higher qualifications is possible via
any route.
• C or above in English and Maths is very important –
increasing choice and rate of progression.
• You can all be successful, invest in your futures now,
by planning and trying as hard as possible at school.
Finally tips from me…..
• Get going right now, (do NOT panic) plan the Open
Evenings you are going to attend.
• Discuss with advisors, teachers, parents, family,
friends……
• Get your questions sorted out before you go to an
Open Evening – remember your future relies on you
making the right decisions about where to go and what
to study.
• You need to have thought about how likely it is you
achieve your first choice and consider back-up plans.
• Be aspirational and realistic – LOOK INTO THE FUTURE.

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