The long awaited A-level results were published on August 16, 2018. Although the overall pass rate has fallen down to 97.6% from 97.9% last year, the highest proportion of As and A*s have been awarded this year since 2012, amid changes toughening the exams in England. The key stats represent 26.4% of entries scored A or A* as opposed to 26.3% in 2017.
The Education Secretary Damian Hinds congratulated everyone and said, “It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication – from both those receiving their marks and the teachers who have been supporting them every step of the way. They should rightly feel proud of their achievements.”
Thousands of students across the UK are considering their future options; whether to go to university, take a vocational course or enter the job market as the decisions made now will reflect on the employability and the earning potential for the years ahead.
Not going to University? What other options?
Universities offer a great path, but it is not the only route to Higher Education. Moreover, university is not for everyone, especially those who do not want to accrue student debt. Finance plays a major role in the decision-making process – can I really afford to go to university?
There are other options – taking a gap year to develop a new skill, travelling abroad, working for a year and reapplying for degree courses or apprenticeships.
London Professional College will be able to assist you with information about other routes to degree-level qualifications, such as foundation degrees, diplomas and apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships – Earn while you Learn
Apprenticeships are real jobs with clear-cut career paths for progression. They compete with full-time Higher Education courses and offer a hands-on experience in your career of choice and let you earn while you learn.
According to the latest Employer Skills Survey (ESS), employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to lack of skills, qualifications and experience among applicants. Many leading employers are focussed at tapping talented employees who could add value to their organisation.
Apprenticeships offer youngsters the best of both worlds –the ability to gain a degree and the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field and earn a salary at the same time.
Contact one of our course advisors today to find out more about the apprenticeships we offer in the Health and Social Care sector.