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GCSE results day 2021 - what next?

It’s been a strange year for GCSE students, particularly those students waiting for GCSE results day this summer. Students have had to battle with lockdowns, changes to exams, and isolation periods throughout the academic year. This, combined with the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, has resulted in many students reconsidering their plans since originally choosing their GCSE subjects.

So, whether you’re waiting for GCSE results day or you’re already researching your options, you’re probably wondering ‘what next?’. We’ve put together a summary of different options available to hopefully make answering that question a little easier.

A Levels

Did you know you can study your A Levels online from home? If you’re feeling anxious about going to a school or college to study your A Levels, whether that’s for social reasons, or you’re trying to mitigate any potential disruptions as a result of a third wave, studying your A Levels from home could be the perfect solution for you.

If you’re planning on going to university in the future, A Levels are considered the traditional route to get you there. With 20 subjects to choose from and the flexibility to study from home while also working, you can achieve the UCAS points you need without having to attend any classes or sticking to a timetable. And just because you’re studying from home, doesn’t mean you’re left alone! You’ll have support from your specialist tutor throughout your studies who will be available via email to answer any questions or offer any guidance you need during your studies.

You don’t need any specific grades at GCSE level to study your A Levels with us either, however, we do recommend that for some of the more technical A Levels such as Biology, Maths, Physics, and Chemistry, it would be helpful to have prior knowledge of the subject gained at GCSE level.

Take a look at our range of A Levels here.

Childcare and education

Would a career in childcare or education be a route you would love to take? If a career as a teaching assistant, early years educator (also known as a nursery nurse), childminder, nanny, or school support worker, sounds appealing to you, our range of qualifications can help. A career in childcare and education offers a rewarding career that anyone who enjoys working with children ad young people are bound to love.

Here at OSC, we offer a range of qualifications in this area from the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE). CACHE are the UK’s leading specialist awarding body for the health, childcare, and education industries, with their qualifications being developed by industry experts to ensure they meet our high standards.

It’s worth keeping in mind that to work in these positions, the majority of employers will require a grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above in GCSE English and maths.

Take a look at our range of CACHE childcare and education qualifications here.

Health and social care

Another great option if you enjoy working with people is a career in health and social care! A career in this industry gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life.

Our range of health and social care courses cover everything from adult social care to mental health to social care with families. Our courses aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the sector.

There are a huge variety of jobs and opportunities in health and social care, so finding a job that is right for you AND incredibly rewarding is easy. Not to mention, given the majority of us will need to access these services at least once in our lives, careers in this industry and in high demand, making it a career choice that will allow you to continue to grow.

Find out more about our range of health and social care courses and qualifications here.

Access to HE Diploma (Health)

If you’re hoping to study a healthcare-related degree in nursing or midwifery but aren’t sure A Levels are the right next step for you, our Access to HE Diploma (Health) could be exactly what you are looking for.

Access to HE Diplomas are an alternative route to university that is the equivalent of three A Levels. The diplomas are tailored to specific subject areas to provide you with more specific knowledge of the subject area to prepare you for your studies at university.

The diplomas are usually completed within two years, and once you have completed the course you will receive the relevant UCAS points to help you get into university.

You can find out more about our Access to HE Diploma (Health) here.

Accounting and bookkeeping

Did you know that you don’t have to go to university to become an accountant or bookkeeper? Instead, you can complete a professional qualification from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) or the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) or study an accredited course from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

A career in accounting or bookkeeping gives you the flexibility to either work for an employer or become self-employed. Regardless of the employment route you take, you will have the opportunity to earn a good wage.

You can find out more about our accounting qualifications here and our bookkeeping qualifications here.

Fitness

Are you interested in working in the fitness industry and helping others to achieve their health goals? Our range of fitness qualifications from ActiveIQ will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your fitness career.

ActiveIQ are one of the UK’s leading awarding bodies in the health and active leisure industry and are a benchmark of quality and excellence in the sector. You’ll gain both theoretical and practical expertise that will allow you to start your career with confidence.

Choose from qualifications in gym instructing; personal training; pre- and post-natal exercise; physical activity for adolescents; and nutrition for performance.

Find out more about our ActiveIQ courses and kickstart your fitness career here.

Start your own business

If you’re a budding entrepreneur with a business idea, why not start your own business? It doesn’t need to be a complex idea either, maybe you want to start your own business in event management, floristry, dog grooming, counselling, mortgage advice, interior design – the list could go on and on! – we can help you develop your knowledge and skills that provide you with a solid foundation to build your business upon.

If you have the technical knowledge but need to know how to start and run a business effectively, we also have courses in this area to help you!

Take a look at our course range and start working towards becoming your own boss and doing something you’re passionate about here.

Further GCSEs

If you’ve changed your mind on what you want to do for a career since choosing your GCSEs, or evener-evaluated your options since GCSE results day and want to sit different GCSEs, we offer a wide range of GCSEs including maths, English, psychology, history, and biology to name a few.

You can find our full range of GCSEs here.

And if we haven’t covered the right path for you following GCSE results day, please get in touch with us on 03300 563 100 and find out how we could help you to achieve your next steps.

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