Explore the other qualifications that can boost your future

WHEN considering your options it’s also worth researching some of the lesser known qualifications which could benefit your future.


T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A-levels.


These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.


They offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours, approximately 45 days.


T Levels are based on the same standards as apprenticeships and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute).


They are more suited to students who know what occupation or industry they want to move into.


In time they will be available in a wide range of subjects which include accounting, agriculture, land management and production, animal care and management, building services engineering for construction and catering.


They will also be courses for craft and design, design and development for engineering and manufacturing, design, surveying and planning for construction, digital business services, digital production, design and development and digital support and services.


Other T level programmes focus on education and childcare, finance, hair, beauty and aesthetics, health, healthcare science, human resources, legal, maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing, management and administration, engineering, manufacturing, processing and control, media, broadcast and production, on-site construction and science.


Another qualification worth researching, especially if you plan to go to university in the future, is an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).


It is a standalone qualification, valued by universities, and is often taken by students in addition to their A -level studies.


Around 30,000 students take an EPQ, which is worth half an A-level, every year to boost their university applications. They allow teenagers to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career.


It requires them to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use their findings to produce a written report of 5,000 words or, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.


Students can tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations for the future. More information about the EPQ can be found on the UCAS website.