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I am a USC and have a child in the UK who is in his final year of GCSE's. He has to make a decision very soon about post 16 education. He is a good student and is expected to do OK and in normal circumstances would almost certainly do 3 A'levels and then apply to university in 2 years when he is 18. The issue I have is that he is quite talented at football (Soccer) and has a potential chance to progress. He is currently in the U16 development squad for one of the professional teams in England (not premier league but Div 1). He has an opportunity to take a BTEC course with his football club next year that keeps him in their system and potentially leads to a professional contract via the academy system, similar to the old YTS schemes. The problem is of course that very few kids actually make it and although he has a chance I don't want to limit his options at 18. I have a real interest in him coming to the US for university/college and of course there would be a potential for him to at least attempt to get some soccer scholarship. I know that these are hard to come by and are getting more challenging but it may be a good way for him to continue to play at a high level and also get a great education. I don't want to crush his dreams of a pro career by encouraging him to do A-levels instead of the football BTEC but I really don't know if a BTEC will be recognized in any US college worth applying to. Does anyone have any advice? Specific question is would a BTEC be recognized here or is it safer for him to do A'levels with a view to applying to a US college if he does not make it as a pro at 18?
Date: Oct 13, 2017   


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