What are your options?
After your GCSEs, you could apply for a level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. It's a great way to earn while you learn on the job. When you do an apprenticeship you can also work towards becoming professionally qualified as an engineering technician. This gives you the chance to get a better job and a higher salary. You can also use the letters 'EngTech' after your name. This means you'll be respected for your achievements.
Once you've done your A-levels, a full-time Level 3 BTEC or Scottish Highers, you have more options. There are full-time and part-time courses that give you the level of education you need to become professionally qualified.
These courses, which might be in further education or at university, include:
- Higher National Certificates (HNC)
- Higher National Diplomas (HND)
- Foundation degrees
- Bachelor’s degrees (BEng, BSc)
- Master’s degrees (MEng, MSc)
So in the future, if you do an HNC, HND or a foundation degree, you could be an engineering technician (EngTech), and if you do an accredited bachelor's or master's degree you could be an incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) engineer.