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What are my child’s options after GCSEs?

As the final term of the school year begins, students begin their manic rush to squeeze in last minute revision and complete past papers to prepare for their upcoming exams. However, whilst your child’s attention may be on the present, you need to begin to prepare for the future and what their options are after they complete their GCSEs. In some cases, parents may not have this worry as their child will just continue onto further education at their school and take on whatever qualifications their school has to offer at sixth form. Whilst this is the perfect choice for many, it isn’t always ideal or an option on offer for others. Read on for some tips on what your child’s options are after GCSEs, as advised by this top private school in London. 

A levels

A levels, also known as advanced levels, are a two-year qualification offered to students from 16 onwards. They are subject based and on offer to students who desire a deeper understanding in a particular area of study or would like to progress onto university. They are conventionally provided by colleges and sixth forms, with a wide range of subjects on offer for students to choose from. They are 100% exam based and require students to undergo two years of heavy study. 

T levels

T levels are a new qualification that are equivalent to three A levels. With the combination of studying in a learning environment and the addition of working in a related industry, students have the option to gain valuable skills and experience that will be required to progress onto work or higher education. Currently there are 10 subjects on offer to students, with the number expected to grow over the next couple of years. 


Apprenticeships are a popular choice for many and offer students the opportunity to launch themselves into their potential careers from early on. There are thousands of apprenticeships on offer, subject to availability depending on the college chosen to study at. This qualification allows students to learn whilst gaining high quality training and a modest wage. If traditional methods of learning don’t work for your child, then this may be the one for them.