The Sunday Topic No.8 A-Levels or BTECs

March 2, 2014

The Sunday Topic:

I wanted to start a series that I’m going to be running for the whole year one that’s going to inspire people, make people happy and make them realise how beautiful life actually is!! So each Sunday I’m going to be posting a lifestyle post about something. This could be anything from good topics to dark topics that no one ever really talks about. By doing this I hope to open peoples eyes about how beautiful the world is but also how dark and lonely it can be. 

What are A-Levles?

Within the UK we have these lovely things called A-Levels (I’m being sarcastic by the way). They’re exams that we take from the age of 16-18. In the UK at the age of 16 you can either leave the education system and work or carry on and go to university etc..However I think that this is going to change or has already changed. Usually people who want to study A-Levels want to go to University although there are people who don’t necessarily want to go to Uni they just want to take A-Levels to give them some more time to figure out what they want to do in life or who they want to be. 

A-Levels are really hard and most people think that the gap between A-Levels and GCSE’s is tiny but I kid you not it’s like jumping from space to earth!! Now that’s a big of an exaggeration I know however if you study A-Levels you will understand me. If you don’t then there’s one piece of advice I have for you if you decide to study them please please make sure you love the subjects you’ve chosen because if you don’t then those two years will be awful for you!! 

What are BTECs?

BTECs are a little different than A-Levels they’re still qualifications but they don’t have any exams at the end of the year they’re based on coursework. This doesn’t mean that they’re still not stressful as you have deadlines to get everything done by. You get graded by pass, merit or distinction which are all equivalent to A (Distinction), B (Merit) and C (Pass). At A-Level they’re normally equivalent to 1 A-Level which still means that you can go to university if you want to.

The Good

Nowadays society allows you to choose what you want to do with your life whether it be work, A-Levels or BTECs you can choose!! This is good because there’s so many different people within this world that not everyone wants to do the same as everyone. It opens up lots of doors for you and you’ll defiantly have a wider variety of opportunities after you’ve completed these two years.

The Bad

You really have to work hard when you leave school if you choose to go onto further education even if you’re just doing BTECs because they’re still hard to keep up with!! You kind of kiss your social life goodbye because all you spend your weekends doing is revising and doing bag loads of homework. Those two years of your life will defiantly test your friendships, family relationships and just general day to day life. This is because you become stressed on a daily basis and just get annoyed. 

What I’m doing?

So if you don’t already know I’m currently studying Sociology A-Level, Business BTEC & ICT BTEC. I was studying French A-Level, Business A-Level and Sociology A-Level last year however I ended up failing the year and I had to re-take it. Which is why I stress how tough A-Levels really are they’re not just a walk in the park. If you want good grades you really have to work hard for them many people say that they’re harder than university can you believe it???

My Future

So at the moment I honestly don’t know what I want to do in life or who I want to be. I’m kind of just taking life day by day to see what happens and what opportunities arise. I do feel down sometimes as most of my friends know what they want to do and I’m there not knowing anything. I’m sure in the near future I’ll figure out what I want to do (Watch this space!!).

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