Careers advice that's worth having

Planning your next move after GCSEs can be worrying. Here at Gateshead College, we want to help you make sense of your options so you can reach a decision that’s right for you.


What next after GCSEs?

  • Vocational qualifications are more practical and provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for certain jobs and types of work
  • Apprenticeships are real jobs with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up qualifications as you go. Schemes take between one and four years to complete and run on three different levels, so you can choose a level that suits you.
  • A Levels - tend to focus on academic subjects and are one of the main routes to university. Courses usually take two years and you sit your exams at the end of the course.
  • Traineeships help prepare you for work and last up to six months. They offer maths and English training together with work experience to boost your skills and put you in a better position to get an apprenticeship or job.

Take our Choices Quiz here to find out which qualification is right for you. 


We can help you

If you’re unsure about your options or can’t decide on your next move come along to one of our enrolment events where our careers guidance team will help you to make the best decision for you.

Need to speak to someone sooner? Call our careers team on 0191 4902216 or email


If you choose to study with us:

All of our students continue to benefit from the expert support of our careers team. We’ll continue to provide you with free, independent and quality careers advice. We’ll work with you to create a career plan, outlining your goals and get you on the road to your chosen career, whether this is helping you find courses, brush up on your interview skills, find experience and make you stand out from the crowd. We also have our own JobLab – a website dedicated to apprenticeship vacancies and permanent jobs, as well as many other tools including how to write a great CVpreparing for interviews and looking for volunteering and un-paid work to boost your CV.