Exam Results 2021
Our Birmingham Careers Service Advisers are here to help and support students from Aston University Engineering Academy receiving their exam results this year.
Our Birmingham Careers Service Advisers are here to help and support students from Aston University Engineering Academy receiving their exam results this year.
Get in touch with your dedicated Careers Adviser whichever way suits you best. If you are unsure what to ask about just send a message ‘Exams’ to one of the options below and we will get back to you.
We can also arrange a video chat via MS Teams.
Many similar questions are asked around exam results day. No question is a silly question, if you are thinking it then somebody else is probably thinking it too. Here are some of the recent questions we have been asked which might help you.
Think about the pros and cons of both an apprenticeship and college. This will be personal to you and It will help to write an actual list. An Apprenticeship is an ‘on the job’ way of learning, combining learning with work. At college you have the choice of academic or vocational courses. It would also be possible to do an apprenticeship at a college and combine both. The important thing is to do your research and fully explore all your options. Your school/college careers adviser or a BCS adviser (if you’ve already left education) can help you to think through your ideas.
The Government requires young people to continue in learning until they are 18 and this includes traineeships and apprenticeships options. This allows you to gain more qualifications and/or improve on your GCSE grades which in turn is going to put you in a better position when applying for employment later. Find out more here:
Contact us at: www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk – one of our Advisers will contact you. You can also call, text or email us – details are on our website
No this isn’t true. Colleges and training providers are still open and recruiting for courses starting in September 2021. If you left school/college last year there are opportunities available to start now with lots of training providers. You are likely to do blended learning (i.e. a mixture of remote on-line learning and face to face) until restrictions are fully lifted. Vist our website www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk to take a virtual tour of many local colleges and training providers. You can also check out the individual college and training provider websites. These will give you the option to apply NOW for courses.
You can register on the National Apprenticeship website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – here you will be notified of new opportunities.
You can also check the websites of companies, colleges & job sites (e.g. Indeed) to see if they are advertising Apprenticeships.
Access our leaflet which is packed full of useful hints & tips about Apprenticeships:
Yes. Colleges have courses at many different levels, and they will help you to identify the right level for you. You will be able to learn English & maths alongside your college course. Again, whether this is Entry Level, Level 1 or a GCSE will depend on the level you are at now, but the college will be able to make sure you are studying at the right level.
Yes. If you have an EHCP and the college is offering you a place, this means they can meet your needs. If you don’t have an EHCP, the college can still support you; contact student services to check what support they can offer.
To go to Uni you will need a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Levels or Level 3 Diploma). You can study for these at College or 6th Form. You can also gain a Level 3 qualification as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship.
An Access to Higher Education (Access to HE) course for older students aged 18+ is a flexible way of getting into university and suits those who are returning to education.
Even if your 16 you can not start post 16 education (e.g. college, 6th form or training) until after the statutory school leaving date (2021 = 30th June 2021).
There is a starting point for everyone at college regardless of whether you were able to take any exams or not. At enrolment Colleges will place you on the right level course.
The Government has said that grade 4 is a ‘standard pass’. Grade 5 is a ‘strong pass’ and equivalent to a high C and low B on the old grading system. Grade 4 remains the level that students must achieve without needing to re-sit English and maths post-16.
No they are both Level 3 courses. They just differ in their learning styles. A Levels are assessed by exams at the end of year 13 and BTEC Level 3 by a mixture of course work, assignments and some small exams.
A Levels are academic exam-based qualifications. They allow you to study 3 or 4 different subjects alongside each other. BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are vocational qualifications linked to career areas. They are assessed mainly by course work, assignments and some small exams. Higher Education courses accept both types of Level 3 qualifications.
They’re all valuable! Don’t think about one A Level being more valuable than another. You need to make your choices based on your own skills, abilities, interests and subjects needed for future career choices.
Choosing a college based on where your friends are going is not advisable. You’ll end up choosing something you may not enjoy & you may leave. Best advice is look at what YOU want to do and then decide what college offers the best course. You’ll make new friends and have new experiences.
No that is not correct. You should be applying for post-16 opportunities early in year 11. Colleges and 6th Forms will give you a conditional offer. This offer will tell you what grades you need to get onto that particular course. Most colleges are able to offer you an alternative course if you don’t get the required grades. If you’re in year 11 and haven’t already applied for any courses do so NOW!
I’m not sure but when you find out please share! If you’re considering a course based on how much money you can make, then chances are you haven’t been given good careers advice. For careers guidance contact your school/college Careers Adviser or if you have left education contact us via our website www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk Whatever course/career you choose it involves hard work, perseverance and commitment. Often those with high monetary rewards are very stressful!
You might not get onto the course you originally applied for but most colleges will offer you an alternative course
Hopefully yes, with restrictions lifting gradually. Remember though, use this time in lockdown to create some work experience for yourself. Check in on neighbours, offer to dog walk for them, pick up their medicines and the best one, have a friendly chat with a neighbour to see how they’re doing. There’s lots of things you can be doing within your community to help others which is going to good for you and those people you’re helping.
If you get a Level 3 qualification in Health & Social Care you can progress onto a University degree course. If you wanted to be a Doctor you would need to do a Science Foundation year followed by a science degree (e.g. Biomedical), followed by medical degree. This is a very long route. You may wish to consider other rewarding health care professions, for example, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery or Physiotherapy.
English & history are good choices as you’re writing essays and analysing text. A Level Law is not essential.
There is no right course. The right course for YOU depends on YOUR interests, skills, abilities and future career ideas. You might benefit from meeting with your school/college Careers Adviser of if you have left education contact us via our website www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk
You can choose a maximum of five courses on your UCAS application. There’s lots of things you can doing to prepare for University. Planning ahead is the key: check course entry requirements and if you need any relevant work-experience or need to sit any additional tests (e.g. UCAT). You can research Universities, degree courses and their entry requirements at www.ucas.com
Equality is about ensuring everybody has an equal opportunity and is not treated differently or discriminated against because of their characteristics. All places of learning have an Equality & Diversity policy; ask to view a copy. It is against the law to discriminate against someone’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender or sexual orientation. If you feel you’ve been a victim of discrimination speak to someone to get advice.
To do resits at college you will need to have achieved, at least, Grade 3
If you do a vocational course you will only be able to take English and maths GCSE or functional skills alongside your main course.
No. You will not be disadvantaged. Your post 16 choices will be the same as for any school leaver. If you’re currently in year 11 Birmingham Careers Service is offering free careers guidance to all Elective Home Educated young people. Please contact us for further information via our website www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk
Further education is free to all young people aged 16-19. If you’re over 19, it depends on your circumstances. It’s best to always check with the college to see if you qualify for free education.
Yes you will have to pay tuition fees for all University courses. There are no upfront costs as your tuition fees will be covered by the Government via a Student Loan. You will not be required to start paying back your Loan until you earn £25,000 or more per year www.gov.uk/student-finance
If you do a Degree Apprenticeship your company will pay all your fees
See Birmingham City Council webpage Elective Home Educated (EHE) for resources and advice https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20014/schools_and_learning/692/home_education/5
This year Birmingham Careers Service is offering free careers guidance & support to EHE young people who are currently in year 11. You should have received a letter from us, if not please contact us via our website www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk
To become a psychiatrist you’ll need to complete: a five-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council. Then a two-year foundation programme of general training. Followed by three years of core training in Psychiatry and then three years of training in a speciality. For further information visit: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/doctors/roles-doctors/psychiatry/general-psychiatry/entry-requirements-skills-and-interest
Traditionally you can do either a Midwifery degree or a Nursing degree followed by a post-graduate Midwifery qualification. There is also a Midwifery Pathway with the NHS for more information Pathways – HASO (skillsforhealth.org.uk)
Entry requirements for nursing degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria. You are likely to need at least two/three A-levels or a Level 3 (e.g. BTEC Diploma) equivalent qualification. You will also need GCSE English language, maths and a science. The NHS also offer an Apprenticeship pathway to becoming a Registered Nurse Pathways – HASO (skillsforhealth.org.uk)
Schools and colleges have all introduced safety measures in line with Government advice such as one-way systems, regular testing and mask wearing. All places of learning will be posting updates on Covid-19 on their websites regularly.
You will be able to study English and maths GCSE or Functional Skills alongside your Level 1 course. The college will assess whether it is best for you to study English and maths GCSEs or Functional Skills
Contact college directly to see what incentives (e.g. bus pass) and support they are able to provide
No, you can apply to any college that you feel offers the best course for you. However, you’re best to think about your travel time and costs
Most students study 3 or 4 A level subjects in their first year. University offers are normally based on three A level grades. Some people will drop down to 3 subjects in their second year, so the additional workload of studying 4 or 5 subjects doesn’t impact on their grades.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions most colleges are currently offering virtual open days. Check individual College websites for more information.
For entry to all University courses you will need a Level 3 equivalent qualification (e.g. A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma). Some courses also require relevant work-experience. For example, Medicine, Social Work, Dentistry. Visit www.ucas.com
for more information
You can only study a maximum of 4 A Levels. You should base your choices on your skills, abilities, interests, what you’re good at and your future career plans.
All employers have a legal obligation to keep their employees safe. Most employers have taken steps to do so. If you are selected for an interview this is something you can ask the employer more information about.
Yes you will get a degree.
Some employers will accept candidates with no GCSES in English and maths. If you haven’t achieved Grade 4 or above you will be required to continue studying English and maths.
No. They both require full time commitment.
You can start an apprenticeship as early as the 1st of July in the year you leave statutory school. School leaver vacancies are currently being advertised on the website below.
You would really need to have an interest in working with and learning about computers & digital technology. For information about how to research career ideas talk to your school/college Careers Adviser or if you have left school contact us via www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk
If you are quite certain about the type of job you wish to apply for you could consider the apprenticeship route, if not may want to consider your options at college. Please talk to your school/college Careers Adviser of if you have left education contact us via our website
Yes, your EHCP will be in place up until the age of 25 while you remain in learning. For further information:
Download the free QDOS Careers App onto your smartphone. Take a range of interactive quizzes and assessments in the section ‘I don’t know what I want I want to do’. These will give you an idea of the careers and job types that maybe suited you!
If you’re at school/college contact your Careers Adviser or if you’ve left education contact us via our website www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk
You still need to enrol at the college as requested, and the admissions staff will let you know if you have a place on your chosen course. If they decide your grades are too low for that course, it is very likely that they will be able to offer you to start on a lower level programme or offer you another course. For example, you might be offered a Level 2 Diploma in Business instead of your original course of Level 3 Diploma in Business, or instead of A’levels in Science you are offered the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science. Don’t worry as there is a starting point for everyone at college, and there are many different routes into most careers.
You can contact colleges and sixth forms after receiving your assessment grades. Many School Sixth Forms will still have places available, so give them a call and tell them your grades and the subjects you would like to study, and they will let you know if they have availability. All colleges will advertise enrolment days well into September, which will give you the chance to have a late interview for a place. Look at the Birmingham Careers Service list of college enrolment dates and times.
Yes, all colleges offer young people the chance to improve their grades in GCSE Maths and English Language alongside a vocational programme, eg business, health & social care etc. If your GCSE grade was below 3 then you will start by studying Functional Skills in Numeracy and Literacy, which allow you to achieve an equivalent to GCSE Grade 4.