University vs apprenticeships: What should I choose?

As decisions go, they don’t come much bigger than “What should I do when I leave school?” Many students see university as the natural choice after school. But while it’s the right option for many, for others, an apprenticeship might be a better choice.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training and qualifications. Higher and degree apprenticeships are aimed specifically at students with A-levels/equivalent. They give you a higher-education qualification – even a degree – and you can train for a high-skilled role in industries such as engineering, software engineering, public sector, law and healthcare. Find out more


Apprenticeship or uni: Which one’s for me?

An apprenticeship could be for you if you have a clear idea of what career you’d like to do and are keen to get stuck into work straight away rather than spend another three years studying. Uni might be for you if you have a love of an academic subject and would like to learn more before embarking on your career – or if you’d like to go into a career which requires a university degree, such as medicine or veterinary science. Find out more


Is university for me?

With so much attention focused on higher education, it can feel like university is the only route open to you. But with more options available than ever before, this simply isn’t true. This makes “is university for me?” a vital question for any soon-to-be school leaver. Find out more


What degree should I choose?

Knowing what degree you should do at university is a tough decision. Do you choose your strongest subject, or go for one that you’ve never studied before? Should you do a degree that is career-specific, or choose something more general and keep your options open? Find out more


Which university should I go to?

With so many institutions competing for your attention, you need to make sure you do your research thoroughly and make a careful, informed choice. We’ve created this step-by-step guide which will fill you in on how to choose a university. Find out more


University: Pros and cons

University can be an amazing experience, but it’s not for everyone. It’s important to know what makes it great and what makes it… not so great. In this guide, we explore 7 pros and 7 cons of university to help you make up your mind. Find out more


What is a higher apprenticeship?

Higher apprenticeships allow you to train for a highly skilled job. Unlike university, you don’t have to pay – in fact, you’ll get paid a wage by your employer. You’ll learn by doing the job you’re training for, and study for qualifications along the way – you could even finish with a degree. Find out more


What is a degree apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships with degrees! Sounds like the best of both worlds, right? In this guide, we answer all your questions so you can decide whether this new qualification could be for you. Find out more


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Emma Smith
Careers Leader
Louise Betteridge
Careers Co-ordinator & Adviser


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