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So, in order to embark on your career you will have to make decisions about your pathway through education.

Fortunately, there are great schools, colleges and routes to university in the Gatwick Diamond.

Whether you are looking to study further or gain employment, it is really important that you:

  1. Know your skills
  2. Consider the subjects you enjoy learning
  3. Research careers relating to those subjects
  4. Understand the qualifications needed to be successful in your chosen career path
  5. Achieve the best result you can in Maths and English GCSE

If you’re not yet sure about your career path – don’t worry! ¬†Concentrate on the first two points above and talk through your ideas with your friends, family, Careers Adviser and teachers.

Definitions of qualification levels

  • Entry Level Courses
    e.g. BTEC Skills for Working Life, ESOL Skills for Life
  • Level 1 Introductory Courses
    e.g. BTEC level 1 Award or Certificate, NVQ or VRQ level 1, City & Guilds, IMI level 1, Destinations, 14-19 Foundation Diploma
  • Level 2 Intermediate Courses
    e.g. BTEC level 2 Award or Certificate, NVQ or VRQ level 2, City & Guilds, IMI level 2, Intermediate Apprenticeships
  • Level 3 Advanced Courses
    e.g. A level, Access to Higher Education, BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma, NVQ level 3, Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Level 4-5 Higher Education Years 1 & 2
    e.g. BTEC Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degrees, Higher Apprenticeships (certain frameworks)
  • Level 6 Higher Education Year 3
    e.g. BA (hons) Top-Up Degree, Higher Apprenticeships

So what are your options?

16 – 18 years of age

  1. Further Education (Sixth form, college, training provider)
  2. Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  3. Part-time study alongside a job or volunteering

18 or over

  1. Higher Education (college or university)
  2. Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  3. Employment, own business or internship
  4. Gap Year

If you are aged 16-25 and have a special educational need and/or disability please see the Surrey Local Offer for learning opportunities designed to meet your needs.

Guide to Post-16 Funding for Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)