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My son got his AS results today. 'B' in the subject he really enjoys, 'U' in two others.
He's tried hard (not always consistently, it has to be said) but there really doesn't seem to be a realistic way back from a 'U' even with retaking the entire year and bucking his ideas up (this isn't an option at his current 6th form in any event).
6th form have basically said 'Right, your off.' (although with slightly less goodwill than that implies).
So we're looking at him switching to a BTEC at a local college in the subject he enjoys. Basically this means starting a 2 year course as of September.
For those that know;
1) Will he get funding for both years? He will be under 19 at the start of the second year.
2) How do colleges tend to look at this sort of switch rather than just starting immediately post gcse?
3) Any tips on applying? He does love his favourite subject and has some aptitude - how do we (do we need to?) convince the college of this beyond the AS result?
4) BTEC's are touted as 'the equivalent of 3 A levels for Uni applications' - is this really the case? If he applies to a uni in a course relevant to the BTEC will he lose out to A level students?
Dropping out of education altogether is an option I guess although he wants to continue studying/working with computers and options for employment seem limited with the current requirement to be in education for N hours a week up to 18.
Any advice gratefully received.