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My chosen route: Bruce's story

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

Bruce decided university wasn't for him...

I completed A levels at The Purbeck School in maths, physics and computer science. A levels were definitely challenging but I'm pleased I completed them. I wasn't sure about going to university but was glad to be finished school. I looked for an apprenticeship in Business Administration as I was unsure whether to do IT or accountancy.

Bruce's career journey


  • The Purbeck School, Wareham for A levels
  • Apprenticeship in Business Administration
  • Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship at Purbeck District Council
  • Business Level 3 Apprenticeship with Dorset Council


What was your learning journey?


I was fed up with full-time education, although I didn't want to stop my learning completely. I liked the idea of working and learning at the same time. That's why I applied for a Level 2 apprenticeship with Purbeck District Council in Business Administration.

I later secured a Business Support Assistant role in IT, completed courses in:

  • O365
  • IT infrastructures and fundamentals
  • an ITIL foundation in IT Service Management with 365IT

What are you doing now?


I am now completing a Level 3 Business Administration qualification and have secured a role as a User Support Officer at Dorset Council.

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