CONGRATULATIONS from Wirral Met College to all students who get their GCSE results this week.
We hope you get the results you expected, but don’t despair if you haven’t!
There are plenty of opportunities for you, whether you’ve gained A* grades throughout or lower grades.
Wirral Met College has the Matrix award, evidencing the excellent impartial information, advice and guidance they provide to every individual trying to find the best course to suit their needs.
In the unlikely event that they don’t have the course that meets your needs, they’ll signpost you to other organisations which can help!
A-levels, BTEC diplomas, apprenticeships – which route is best?
The choice of course and qualification often depends on what grades you get at GCSE.
But don’t forget, if you’re looking at progressing to university, you don’t have to do A-levels, as many level three BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships can lead on to higher education (HE) courses.
As a rough guide to which routes are best, take a look at the following:
No GCSEs? Join an entry level course
Just a few GCSEs at grade E? Join a level one course, such as the NVQ level one, BTEC Certificate/Award or Foundation Learning course
Four GCSEs at grades A-D and above? Join a level two course, such as a NVQ level two, BTEC certificate/diploma or an intermediate apprenticeship.
Four to five GCSEs at grades A*-C, or a level two qualification? Join a level three course, such as NVQ level three, BTEC certificate/diploma, A-level, or an advanced apprenticeship.
Do you want to find a job or apprenticeship? Try the new employability plus course or the new ‘traineeship’.
As this is only a rough guide to the different qualifications at each level, and there are many other courses available, contact Wirral Met College’s student advisers on 0151 551 7777, or call in to see them at the Conway Park Campus, Birkenhead.
Have you heard about the new ‘traineeships’?
For young people wanting to work, but who need extra help in gaining an apprenticeship or job, Wirral Met College will be offering new ‘traineeships’ to develop their skills and provide the work experience employers require.
Only colleges like Wirral Met, with good Ofsted grades, can offer traineeships, which will include a considerable amount of real-life work experience to equip trainees with the skills and confidence to go on to do an apprenticeship or other job.
Traineeships include training focused on preparing for the workplace – interview preparation, job searching, interpersonal skills – as well as English and maths for those who have not achieved a GCSE grade C or better.
For more details about the courses available, visit wmc.ac.uk/courses or call 0151 551 7777.