Helping students and families with exam stress and anxiety
If you are based in Sussex and want all day advice on what do next if you’ve changed your mind about which course you want to enrol on in September, or if you didn’t get the grades you wanted and are worried about next steps, send your questions to @GBMETcoll on Twitter or call 01273 667776.
For other parts of England visit The Mix’s webiste.
Parents and carers guide
Feel a bit overwhelmed by the choice of colleges, qualifications and apprenticeships on offer for your teen after secondary school? The MET has produced a short animation and guide to help you navigate your way through the different options. Watch the animation and get support.
No Stress Success is a campaign created by YMCA Right Here and The Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (The MET) in Sussex to help students across England and their families reduce exam stress and anxiety during and at the end of Year 11 on GCSE results day.
Study and exam stress
Every summer Year 11s sit exams and make decisions about what to study or train for after school. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It can be for some, but for many young people it can be really stressful coping with tests, the expectations of teachers and parents and the pressure of GCSE results day as everyone compares grades.
Stay calm, look after yourself and get inspiration from the advice and stories on this page…
Not knowing what you want to do after school or at college can be stressful – especially when you’re being asked to make big decisions in a short space of time this summer. This page has some information on all the available options – you might not have heard of all of them (and your parents and carers might not have either!)
Mental health and wellbeing
If you are 11-25 years old and are stressed, feeling anxious or need general mental health support you can find a list of local services by searching on the homepage of our website here.
Stress is not just in your head. It can affect your body, behaviour and feelings. Stress is not always bad – it can be useful for motivating you to meet a deadline or sit an exam – but it is only helpful if it is in the ‘good’ green zone. And even if you’re in the green, remember to keep your stress levels in check and keep looking after yourself.
If you are feeling stressed and need support, find services on our homepage to connect with someone who can help you. Visit out Self Help page for useful rescources.
Did you know?
The national age for leaving education or training was raised from 16 to 18 in England in 2015.
When you leave school at 16 you must do one of the following until you are 18:
● stay in full-time education, for example at a college
● start an apprenticeship or traineeship
● spend 20hrs or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
NVQ / City & Guilds / Diploma
These are all ‘vocational’ or work-based qualifications that teach you the skills and knowledge you need for a chosen occupation. Level 1, 2 and 3 options are available for most courses, as are opportunities to go on to study for degree-level qualifications. Examples of course subject areas include: Web and Graphic Design; Filmmaking; Aircraft engineering; Accounting; Art & Design; Carpentry & Joinery; Engineering; Dance; Photography; Music Performance & Production; Festival & Event Production; Plumbing; Travel & Tourism.
BTECs are also vocational qualifications that relate to a particular profession, area of work or technical skill – and include subjects such as Business Studies, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Information Technology and Travel & Tourism. You can’t study academic subjects like history or English at BTEC level. BTECs are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to A-levels, but they actually cover a whole range of levels. Level 1 and Level 2 BTECs are equivalent to GCSEs, Level 3 to A-levels, and Levels 4-6 hold the same status as different stages of a degree. Plenty of universities and higher education colleges will offer places onto degree and degree-level courses to students with BTECs these days.
Short for Advanced level, A-levels usually focus on academic subjects, such as history, maths, English, psychology, foreign languages and science. Some creative subjects are also available to study as A-levels, including art and dance. You generally need at least five GCSE passes (grade 9 – 4 or A*- C) including English to study A-level subjects at a sixth form college or a school sixth form, but this varies depending on the college or school. Some colleges may also ask for a particular grade in a relevant GCSE subject.
An internationally-recognised academic alternative to A-levels – so potentially useful if you are interested in working or studying abroad in the future. It includes studying a range of subjects including languages, science, maths, the arts, history, psychology and politics.
If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is an ideal way to help you become work-ready. Courses generally provide up to six months of support from a college and local employer before transferring (where possible) to a full apprenticeship. To find a traineeship click here.
If you choose to start an apprenticeship, you’ll be working and earning straight after leaving school in a job you want to start a career in. You’ll learn ‘on the job’ and also go to college, usually one day each week, to further your skills and get the qualifications for your chosen career (an NVQ/Diploma or another nationally recognised qualification). Find out more about Apprenticeships here.