Today many youngsters have little comprehension of their options when choosing whether to continue their education beyond GCSE. This contributes to the reason why so many children opt to leave school at this point. The choice should solely depends on the actual person and their future targets and responsibilities, though there are factors, such as the student’s past experience of school, that sway their eventual decision, despite the fact that these factors may not be relevant in the slightest. For this reason, I personally feel that countless potentially prosperous individuals are being cheated out of the life they, at one time, aspired to have. In a recent analysis studying the amount of students staying on at school until age 17, Britain was shown twenty-fifth lowest out of the twenty-nine countries inspected.
Education ministers are warning young children that leaving school early creates an increased likelihood of obtaining an under-skilled, low-wage job. Youngsters have a limited understanding of how insignificant some features of their lives are when deciding upon further education. Some choose not to continue their schooling because of completely irrelevant reasons such as how much they like their teachers or their friends! Students, who do so, have many different incentives to stay on after GCSE, each one mainly dependent on their career ideas and goals. Students who wish to ultimately enter university will almost certainly continue their education beyond the compulsory section of it, as universities will not accept candidates lacking qualifications (A levels) that are needed to acquire a degree. Most highly educated careers require a suitable degree, and youngsters who do not achieve the necessary A levels will be unable to obtain this.
Those who do manage to achieve the needed qualifications have a better chance of obtaining a well-paid job. Potential actors, artists and musicians may decide to enrol in a suitable college that is dedicated to the art they wish to pursue. Some youngsters are under the wrong impression that higher education will not help them achieve such dreams and simply delay the process of becoming an actress, singer or an artist. This of course is incorrect. Qualifications in your chosen “art” will increase your chances of obtaining work. Higher education gives students the chance to be more knowledgeable in their subject and possibly, as a result, more successful.
Higher education provides students with a greater range of choices, which they perhaps had not been well informed about, and some of these choices may be more suitable for that person than what they had previously aimed to be. Students are presented with an entirely new collection of subjects that are not available at GCSE, for example media and business studies. Those who dislike the subjects that are compulsory to study at GCSE, and are discouraged from continuing education because of this dislike, should be notified that there are no compulsory subjects in sixth form. Students who do not like any subjects they have covered in their school life so far can pick from a new selection of subjects in addition to those already available for GCSE. Even students who have little or unstable financial support can continue their education in private schools as well as in state schools.This is because many private schools are starting schemes, such as the Belvedere School in Liverpool, that accommodate those who are underprivileged and cannot pay the constantly rising fees. All schools have scholarship programmes that provide places for students based on their academic strength.
Indecisive pupils, who are put off from doing their A levels because they feel will not be able to choose which subjects they should take, can seek advice from their teachers, who can inform them what they will do well in and older girls who have experience of the different subjects.Students who feel they will not be able to cope with the rigours of further education should do the same, as they could be simply underestimating their ability or be overestimating the difficulty of the courses they want to take.Furthermore if a subject proves to be too difficult then it is always possible to drop this subject. Those that have commitments such as a child or a dependant relative do not essentially have to sacrifice their education. Many organisations specialise in helping dependant people and nannies are available for infant care. As I have mentioned before university degrees increase the chances of obtaining a high salary job, and a high salary job will make taking care of a child or relative much simpler.
Those who do give up advanced schooling do have a variety of alternative paths that they can follow.”Home courses” are being set up for those who wish to achieve GCSEs, A levels or degrees, by having their tuition at home. Companies charge a small fee to help many obtain desired qualifications and as a result help people of all ages achieve the occupation they want. Students who have pursued a part time job whilst doing their GCSEs, may want to work full time in this job, and their previous experience of the job will make them very suitable for the position. They will be familiar with the different features of the job, and so will be able to work effectively.
Adolescents who have opted not to continue their schooling because they are not intrigued by any of the subjects on offer or simply find they are not very strong in the subjects available can take part in a scheme operating at local colleges for those who are more interested in vocational careers such as building, cooking, beauty etc. Instead of having to take three A levels, they will be taught solely about their chosen subject. For most of the arts there are an immense amount of jobs available in the UK. Some of these arts provide opportunities that will give students a high income. For instance chefs participating in cooking programmes or publishing cookery books can earn millions of pounds depending on the success of their projects but this is a small minority.There are also “Modern Apprenticeship” organisations that allow students to train for different jobs whist they do their schoolwork.
Those that do not do well in their GCSEs do not have to forfeit their A level education, it is possible for them to repeat Year eleven, but this happens very rarely and it is not advisable to heavily depend on this outcome. Some youngsters may feel they would rather take part in a family business. This type of work will guarantee a good relationship with the employer and perhaps in this type of environment youngsters will be able to excel. Though some cannot attain a post in their family’s business so easily, especially when the business is thriving and popular, so that obtaining a position will require certain qualifications, which are only accessible through higher education. Overall, I feel that further education is beneficial to all people, whatever their background, goals and aspirations are.Students are not properly informed of all the opportunities available by taking A Level courses, and not many people realise how much is on offer. Taking further education can broaden student’s horizons, allowing them to consider more paths, and they may find a more appropriate job than what they had considered previously.
Even if this does not occur, knowing that there is no career you would like to follow more than the one you have chosen, can give you peace of mind and a stronger determination to fulfil your ambitions. I, myself, am opting to follow further education, as I feel uncertain of the choices available, and I would like to be well versed in what there is on offer for me, before deciding upon a career. I feel I will become well aware of my options by going to sixth form.