A-levels done, what’s next?

A-level results are out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland... a time full of nerves and excitement, of disappointment and joy. Congratulations to everyone! So, what’s next?
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Why consider taking a gap year after high school? A better question is why not.

The reasons to take a gap year are well known; to breathe a little before diving into university life, to travel, to learn languages and to experience different cultures. You can develop life skills, discover hidden passions and better prepare for higher education. You will improve yourself, live life to the full, boost your job prospects and break down the classroom walls. Why consider taking a gap year after high school?

Teaching English, the world is your oyster.

One of our CertTESOL graduates, Vicky, during her time in China

So, what to do during your gap year? Have you considered travelling the world and teaching English as a Foreign Language? Where would you go? The world is your oyster; all over the world people of all ages are learning English and you could be their teacher. You can spend time in a different country, you can really live there and experience the culture as part of the community rather than just as a backpacking traveller. You can earn money too and your trip could be self-financing if you have the right preparation behind you.

Volunteer, make a difference.

Or, maybe you’d like to volunteer? The demand is high for volunteer English teachers overseas, you can make a tangible difference to people’s lives. English is a skill that billions of people want because they know it can unlock opportunities for them. Unfortunately, not everybody can afford to pay for classes, you can help them get the invaluable leg up that English provides. When you help somebody learn English you really are helping them improve their lives in a meaningful way. If you are properly qualified, your options open up significantly.

A TEFL course, your next adventure begins.

If you’ve got your A-levels, you can take a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. There are a huge number of courses available and it can be difficult to understand the difference between them. Choose a course that is properly accredited and globally recognise – British Council recognition is a good benchmark. A good TEFL course will have guided and observed teaching practice where you will teach real students in real classes. Your course should include impartial support to help you find the teaching position that best suits you. Think too about price, of course, why is there a huge difference in the price of the courses? Choose the best course for you and start your next adventure.

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