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What next after GCE Advanced?

At present most GCE Advanced leavers go on to university, but a minority, about 10% to 15%, start work.

There’s no longer a distinct job market for GCE Advanced leavers. Over the last 30 years most professions have, in practice, become the preserve of graduates. At the same time, the growth in the number of graduates means that GCE Advanced leavers can find themselves competing for ‘non-graduate’ jobs with graduates. You may also face competition from 16- and 17-year-old school leavers entering jobs through Modern Apprenticeships and National Traineeships.

However, the last few years have seen some sectors specifically target the old A level and now the GCE Advanced leaver - for instance, retail management, customer care, the Civil Service and parts of the travel industry.

The positive side for GCE Advanced leavers is that:

  • Employers will see that you have the ability and determination to achieve a high level qualification like GCE Advanced
  • You will be older and more mature than Year 11 leavers
  • You possess known GCSE results; the only results you're waiting for are your GCE Advanced
  • Some jobs, like social work and the police, are not open to under-18s
  • You will probably have a clearer idea of what you want to do than younger job applicants
  • You may be less likely to leave than a graduate
  • You will be cheaper than a graduate!

The most common first jobs entered by GCE Advanced leavers are:

  • Clerical and administration
  • Retail sales and distribution
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Production workers/assemblers, machine operatives in manufacturing
  • Trainee technicians in manufacturing engineering, construction crafts and technicians, accountancy, pharmacy
  • Health related – e.g. nurse training, technicians and care work
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