There's something for everyone after GCSEs and you don't have to follow one path.

Olivia decided that A levels weren't for her...

Although my GCSE grades were reasonably good I did not want to go through the stress and worry of A levels. I chose to do a BTEC at college and concentrate on coursework. In my opinion exams are mostly about a person's memory and do not necessarily reflect on their intelligence.

Olivia's career journey

  • The Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Sciences at Yeovil College Partnership (part of Beaminster Colfox Joint Sixth Form)
  • BSc Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science at Bournemouth University

What was your learning journey?

At college I received the highest grade possible, triple Distinction and have now almost completed my first year at Bournemouth University.

Having completed GCSEs I was familiar with exams however attending college helped me deal with completing and submitting assignments which has helped me confidently complete assignments for university. Yeovil College gave me the opportunity to study forensics which was not available at A level.

What are you doing now?

So far, uni has been really interesting. I am studying archaeology, anthropology and forensic science. I'm gaining experience in the field, working on a site that is believed to have once been a salt mine.

I have also gained experience in what to do in a crime scene environment, such as looking for relevant evidence and how to handle it correctly.

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