Not sure what your options are or which path to take, don’t panic there are many ways you can kick start your career…

Many people are under the assumption that you need A-levels to go to university, now apprenticeships are becoming more recognised, and a low-cost way of gaining those all-important qualifications along with work experience, this is a popular first step people are now taking within their career.

Tip: If you are thinking of doing an apprenticeship that can lead to university… research, research and research some more, it’s important to understand the requirements for the university course to be sure you are taking the correct path for your career goal.

Apprenticeships can absolutely lead you to university, however the apprenticeship you are on or are thinking of doing needs to be at least an Advanced Apprenticeships (level 3).  Advanced Apprenticeships are typically equivalent to 2 A-Levels and are becoming more accepted by Universities, however, it is based on each of the universities entry requirements.

Tip:  Check the entry requirements of the course prior to applying and attend open events.  Make a phone call to ask if you are unsure. This makes it easier for apprentices to apply for and be successful in securing a place at university.

Fact:  Did you know that over 36,000 people started Higher apprenticeships in 2016/17 with the potential to lead to university.

The skills minister, Nick Boles, told the Guardian: “I want every young person leaving school to view university degrees and high-level apprenticeships as different but equally valid choices.            The Guardian

Take a look at one of our previous blogs about Apprenticeship vs Degree,