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Kimberly Ann Mercado

Should I do A levels or an apprenticeship. Interested in nursing or biology degrees

Posted: 09/07/13 by Kimberly Ann Mercado

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Hi! obviously I posted on this site as I am not going uni this coming academic year but I am still planning to, but now, this coming September I am unsure of what should I do.

I don't know if it is better to study again, oh yeah I just finished my BTEC and I am still not sure of what Ii am going to get.

Anyways, is it better for me to apply for A levels or apprenticeships for more UCAS points in order to go to the uni I want to go and do the course I want which is either nursing or bio medical? Also, will either of the courses I chose will help me take to a dermatology career with herbal medicine?

:confused: Thanks so much :D

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  • NGtU Career Advisor

    Hello Kim

    You can actually study a degree in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex Uni, Uni of Westminster and Lincoln College. You can use the search tool at the UCAS web site to check the details and then look at their individual web sites. Forget about apprenticeships. Your next step should be to do A levels or a Level 3 Vocational course that is accepted by the institutions you want to do your degree at. You need to study the entry requirements very carefully including any requirement for GCSE passes. If in doubt, get in touch with the University to check!

    Hope that helps you

    Regards

    Chris

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  • Kimberly Ann Mercado

    Thanks, that did helped me a lot. But you see my tutor told me to consider apprenticeships as i am just wasting my time doing A levels as i have BTEC already but what my uncle and friends said A Levels is better, so i dont know really which one to choose. so what's happening now is that taking advises and information from people. but thanks a lot to your reply it is much appreciated, it helped me a lot.

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  • NGtU Career Advisor

    Hi Kim

    I imagine your tutor thought you would struggle to get good grades in A levels and hence is suggesting apprenticeships. Only you can decide if you have the academic ability to complete a degree course. I'm assuming your BTEC is at level 2? You need a level 3 BTEC with good grades to get onto a degree course. Most degrees (but not all) will accept this as an alternative entry qualification to A levels. This is why I said you should check on the UCAS web site. There are alternative higher education courses called Foundation Degrees and HNDs which have slightly easier entry requirements but I don't think there are any in herbal medicine. So you see it all depends on what grades you got in your GCSEs and your likely performance on a level 3 course such as A levels or a BTEC Advanced Diploma. Many people who decide not to go for the HE route to a job do indeed apply for apprenticeships as you do a level 3 vocational qualification as part of an apprenticeship and there is the possibility of doing a higher course later on perhaps as a part time course.

    Regards

    Chris

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