Whether your child has achieved better or worse than expected in their GCSEs, many young people find themselves unsure about their next step.
Here are five tips to help you help them at this important time.
1. Don’t panic
Although the start of the new school/college year will soon be upon us, there is still time to find a suitable course place. Places can be found on a wide range of high quality courses right up until the start of term.
2. Get some advice
There is no substitute for getting some one-to-one advice from an experienced course adviser. City College Norwich’s Advice Shop has trained advisers who can offer impartial advice and guidance on any course and training options (not just City College courses) and the careers they can lead to.
You can also get advice and career and learning options from the National Careers Service (0800 100 900) and the Help You Choose Helpline (0344 800 80 22).
3. Consider all of the options
There are a huge range of course options available to young people after the age of 16. These include:
Vocational courses that prepare young people for a particular industry or career (covering everything from childcare, to photography, to travel and tourism)
Broad-based courses offering the chance to re-take GCSEs and build employability skills
Apprenticeships offering on-the-job training with an employer
Most people are surprised by the sheer number of different courses and opportunities that are available at their local college.
4. Encourage your child to follow their passion
If your son or daughter is going to spend the next 2 years studying something (and potentially longer if they progress to higher levels such as a degree) it is vital that they are doing something they really enjoy.
Do you have a child who loves taking things apart and seeing how they work? A course in 3D spatial design, engineering or construction could be for them. Do they love being outdoors and active? A course in outdoor adventure or sport could be the right pathway. Are they someone who thrives when helping others? Public services, childcare or health and social care could be the course to ignite their passion.
It is the students who are truly excited by their subject who tend to do best.
5. We are here to help
It can be a big worry if it seems like your child’s future is uncertain, but we are here to help.
Whilst you may be encountering this situation for the first time, here at City College Norwich we see literally hundreds of young people in this situation every August and September.
We will sit down with them, and with you. We will help your child to find the right course for them – a pathway on which they will be challenged, be inspired and in which they will succeed. It’s what we do.
Get in contact with our course advisers by calling (01603) 773 773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Advice Shop is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.