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GCSE results day: Traditional education isn't your only option

Not doing as well as you wanted on GCSE results day needn’t spell the end of your time as student. For people who feel like traditional education may not be for them, there are other accessible, affordable and exciting ways to learn.

An alternative to traditional education that we are passionate about here at Learning People is online learning. In this blog post, we’ll tell you why. Read on to learn about alternatives to traditional education and how online learning could help you get career ready.

Alternatives to traditional education

The rigid structure and traditional classroom environment that we are forced to conform to during our GCSEs and A-levels allows some people to excel. But not everyone reaches their full potential within this system.

If you have felt frustrated and failed by the school system, you are not alone. Many teenagers feel like their school years have not allowed them to flourish or explore their true passions.

Fortunately, traditional education is not the only option. If you did not do as well this GCSE results day as you might have liked, but still want to study, there are alternative routes available.


Learning People | student smiling with phone on GCSE results day


Want to carry on studying outside of a traditional learning environment? Here are some alternatives to consider:

  • Online learning
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Entry level roles

Apprenticeships and traineeships offer a practical way to learn a trade or profession. Many people find learning skills you can immediately apply in a real-world environment to be much more engaging than classroom study.

An entry level role is another exciting option. Many employers offer on-the-job training, so you are effectively still a student while you earn.

Getting straight into the working world and learning while you earn is an option that suits some people who didn’t enjoy school. If you go down this route, you may find yourself further up your chosen career ladder by the time you reach your twenties than those who stayed in the classroom.

Of the various alternatives to traditional education, online learning is increasingly popular. Let’s discuss why and explore its benefits.


Learning People | student smiling with laptop doing an online learning course


The rise of online learning

Online learning offers a flexible, practical way to gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the career of your choice.

With focused, industry-relevant modules, online learning can be more practical and vocational than theoretical classroom study. In this way, it can be a better way to prepare for your future career.

Many students prefer online learning to classroom study because it gives them the flexibility to fit their learning around other commitments in their lives. For example, looking after relatives or children; or working while they study. Students have around the clock access to materials which can also be downloaded and used on the go.

Learning People specialises in online learning for the technology sector. With the global tech industry set to reach a value of $5 trillion in 2019, there’s never been a better time to step into this innovative and exciting sector.

From coding, to cyber security, the tech industry offers a range of opportunities to suit different skills and interests. And Learning People provides courses to help you step into your dream role in the field.

If tech is not your thing, the world of project management also offers a rewarding, lucrative career. Learning People offers a range of project management courses that employers in the industry look for.


Would online learning suit you?

You may feel that traditional education is not that best way to reach your full potential. But how can you be sure online learning would suit you better?

Ask yourself these questions to help decide if online learning is right for you:

  • Do you want an affordable way to continue learning from anywhere in the world?
  • Would you benefit from being able to fit your learning around paid employment?
  • Could you see yourself excelling in a tech or project management role?
  • Do you want to earn the skills and confidence to kickstart your career?


If the answer to these questions is yes, online learning may be the right alternative to traditional education for you. Some predict that online learning may replace university in the future as it may be a more effective way to become career ready.


Want to find out more about our courses? Get in touch with our expert career consultants today.