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College dropout help?

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novelsandnaps Tue 21-Feb-17 22:18:32

I am posting on behalf of a friend's daughter, as I have absolutely no advice to give her and am beginning to clutch at straws.

She dropped out of sixth form college with about 4 btec qualifications (about b/c grade from what I understand, with the bs in science and maths), due to anxiety/depression - is very bright but didn't get on with school.
She has been working in a warehouse for a year or so, but was recently made redundant and now at 20 feels like she has missed the boat for apprenticeships etc.
I know ideally she would like a science based career but am finding it hard to advise whether she should pursue this desire or just give up and try and get any job coming.
Does anyone know whether she could still receive funding for some sort of higher qualification? Or if she has any options in terms of getting an apprenticeship? From what I've seen online they are quite competitive now sad

LIZS Wed 22-Feb-17 08:40:10

What level were the btecs? Does she have 5 gcses at C or above, or equivalent. She can qualify for an Advanced Learning loan to do A levels , Level 3 qualfications or an Access course but apprenticeships would certainly consider her and help fund training.

novelsandnaps Wed 22-Feb-17 11:22:57

I have checked and she has 4c 1b in English/maths/science (not sure if btec or gcse) and one merit in btec business level 2.
Would the advanced learning loan give her funding for 2 years of study for a levels then? Or would it be restricted due to her age?

LIZS Wed 22-Feb-17 11:34:58

Sounds like she has gcse/level 2 btec. An ALL is for anyone over 19 taking accredited level 3 or above courses.
https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/what-youll-get. So she could do A levels, NVQ level 3, Access course etc.

However if she had an apprenticeship she may have relevant training funded.

titchy Wed 22-Feb-17 11:45:24

Forget A levels. An Access course however would be exactly what she needs. They're quite intensive, one year full time, or two part time. Can be in Science if that's what interests her and will enable her to go to university or do a Higher Apprenticeship if she wants.

Re apprenticeships - she hasn't missed the boat at all. There is no age restriction, and higher or degree apprenticeships are a great way of getting a university qualification paid for whilst you're working. I'm guessing she thinks apprenticeships are just for 16 year olds wanting to do plumbing? Not the case any more!

novelsandnaps Wed 22-Feb-17 19:40:57

Thank you for the advice, I'll try and get her looking into access courses now as that seems like the best fit! smile

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