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Day of the Girl: Tackling Imposter Syndrome

Posted on 11/10/2019

Have you ever been given a task at work and felt like you’re not qualified to do it? Or that you’re not worthy of the promotion or achievements you’ve been awarded? Then you’re likely suffering from imposter syndrome. And you’re not alone. An estimated 70% of the world’s population will experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives and careers. But what is imposter syndrome? Originally coined in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, the term...

Day of the Girl: Tackling Imposter Syndrome

Not Got the GCSE Result You Hoped For?

Posted on 22/08/2019

Have you got your GCSE result and it’s not quite what you were expecting? Don’t worry, there are things you can do! Future Skills by learndirect has a couple of options that could mean you are still able to do all the things you wanted to do with your GCSE. We offer two different English and maths options: Functional Skills and GCSE. Take a look at the table below to see which could be right for you:   Functional...

Not Got the GCSE Result You Hoped For?

Can You Become a Social Worker Without A-levels?

Posted on 21/08/2019

Yes - you can! You can go to university and qualify as a social worker with no A-levels with an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work with learndirect. The diploma is a Level 3 qualification and a recognised A-level equivalent, which means that it could be your ticket to university and a career as a social worker. If you want to know more about studying social work and becoming a social worker with no qualifications, you’re in the right place. Check out our...

Can You Become a Social Worker Without A-levels?

Can You Become a Doctor Without A-levels?

Posted on 19/08/2019

Doctors save hundreds of lives each day and are the cornerstones of the healthcare systems across the world. It’s no surprise that becoming a doctor is a popular career path for those who want to make a difference to the lives of people in their local communities. But many aspiring doctors dismiss a medical career based on preconceived ideas of what’s required to go to medical school. One of the most-asked questions is ‘can you become a doctor without A-levels?’ but everyone knows...

Can You Become a Doctor Without A-levels?

Becoming a Nurse without A-levels

Posted on 15/08/2019

  Is it possible to become a nurse without A-levels? Short answer, yes If you missed out on traditional A-levels, it does not mean you should miss out on your dream of becoming a nurse. There are many routes into nursing, suitable to the qualifications and experience that you do have. So, if you think nursing is right for you, but you are not too sure about entry requirements or the training process, take a look below for a few of the most asked questions about a...

Becoming a Nurse without A-levels

Becoming a Teacher without A-Levels

Posted on 09/08/2019

  Is it possible to become a teacher without A-levels? Short answer, yes If you left school with no A-levels it does not mean you should miss out on your dream of becoming a teacher. There are many routes to take for a career in teaching and it depends greatly on the qualifications and experience you currently have. With a severe shortage of teachers across the UK, a career as a teacher is in high demand. Maths and science teachers are especially in-demand, and with a...

Becoming a Teacher without A-Levels

Functional Skills: Do You Know Your Timings?

Posted on 19/07/2019

Want to go to university? Then you will need (at least) a level 2 qualification in English or maths (the equivalent to GCSE grade 4/C). Now, if you don't have this qualification, you may be thinking that you need to resit a GCSE to gain the relevant qualification in English or maths, but there could be another option.  A level 2 Functional Skills qualification could be the solution you are looking for. Even though they are more flexible than GCSEs, there are still some timings that...

Functional Skills: Do You Know Your Timings?

How Functional Skills Can Help You Get Into University

Posted on 14/06/2019

Many universities today have a requirement for their students to have a level 2 qualification in English and/or maths. This means that you need to have at least a qualification that is equivalent to a GCSE. If you don’t have one of these then your chosen university could ask you to get one fast or even decline your application. Fortunately we have a solution. A Functional Skills qualification could be just what you’re looking for. These qualifications are accepted by most universities...

How Functional Skills Can Help You Get Into University

Changes to Functional Skills: What You Need to Know

Posted on 11/06/2019

The Functional Skills standards are changing on 1st September 2019. These changes have been made in response to feedback from employers about the sort of skills they need in the workplace, and the reform to qualifications – including GCSEs – that occurred a few years ago. The main changes are to the exams, but there are some changes to the content too. Exams The new exams will be slightly longer and you will no longer be able to use a dictionary to check your spellings in the...

Changes to Functional Skills: What You Need to Know

Why Are English and Maths Important?

Posted on 02/05/2019

English is important because anything you do that involves other people is done through the medium of language. If you have a poor grasp of your own language this will affect the standard of everything else you do. You can have fantastic ideas, but language is what brings them to life. If you cannot put your concepts into words, no one will ever know about them. Maths is also used in everyday life. It is important because it allows people to take complex processes and make them...

Why Are English and Maths Important?

Facing Your Fear of Maths with Functional Skills

Posted on 16/01/2019

Maths teachers will tell you that the most common cry from students is “why am I learning this? I’ll never use this again.”   This can be followed with, “I want to be a [insert job title here], so why do I need maths?” More than likely, the subtext here is “what is the point of maths?” With the way maths is often taught in schools, it is no wonder we feel like this. So many of us describe ourselves as not being ‘a maths person’ or being ‘rubbish at...

Facing Your Fear of Maths with Functional Skills

Functional Skills FAQs: GCSE Equivalents Online

Posted on 16/01/2019

  If you missed out on your level 4 (grade C) at GCSE, or need to catch up with maths and English, don't worry. Functional Skills Level 2 are an equivalent qualification to GCSE that could be for you. They offer learners useful skills in maths and English to help them get onto college courses, apprenticeships, further education and enter the world of work. Unlike maths and English at school, they offer practical skills and help you to face your demons in maths and English. There...

Functional Skills FAQs: GCSE Equivalents Online

FAQs: Counselling

Posted on 07/01/2019

If you’re interested in a pursuing a career in counselling then you’ve probably spent hours scrolling through internet pages, trying to find answers to the questions you may have. So wouldn’t it be great if you could find essential counselling information all in one place? Look no further. This blog pulls together all the frequently asked questions about counselling and answers them so that you’re in the strongest position possible moving forward in your career. What is...

FAQs: Counselling

FAQs: Becoming a Midwife with No A-Levels

Posted on 07/01/2019

  If you want to become a midwife without qualifications, you can apply for a midwifery degree without A-levels by completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma online with learndirect. Why miss out on your dream career as a midwife? There are no upper age restrictions, so it is never too late to start. There is a national shortage of midwives so now is the perfect time to begin your online Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery). This article gives you an overview of what it...

FAQs: Becoming a Midwife with No A-Levels

Access to HE Diploma: Go to University Without A-levels

Posted on 04/01/2019

  If you want to enrol on a higher education course or degree programme but do not have the A-level qualifications required, an online Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma could be your route into university. These diplomas are designed for adult learners and those who have missed out on their A-level grades first time round that want to progress to higher education.  Our FAQs put all your queries about the diploma to rest, and offers a complete guide to the Access to Higher...

Access to HE Diploma: Go to University Without A-levels
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