What should you do next? Deciding which qualifications you want to take over the next few years can be tough - you need to know all your options before making any choices. To find out about all the different courses, qualifications and subjects that are available to you, start with this book. It includes up-to-date, detailed information about GCSEs, the new 14-19 diplomas, vocational courses such as BTECS, OCR Nationals and NVQs, work-related learning, young apprenticeships and Key Skills. With the information provided on all of these Key Stage 4 qualifications, you can start to plan your own bright and successful future!
Alan Vincent is an educational consultant who has spent most of his life working in various aspects of careers education and guidance. Initially a languages teacher, he has also worked as head of careers in a secondary school, head of guidance and admissions in a 16-19 consortium, as an education business partnership manager and as a SETPOINT manager (promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics). He has extensive experience in educational and vocational guidance for young people, particularly those in the 14-19 age range. He is currently General Secretary of the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) and also manages a local 14-19 partnership of schools and a college of further education. He is the author of several books, including Look Ahead: a Guide to Working in Sport and Look Ahead: a Guide to Working Abroad and articles in a wide range of careers publications.