Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships and school leaver programmes offer you a worthwhile alternative to the traditional university degree programmes. It is now possible to achieve a master’s degree (Level 7) while in the work place. Not only do you get paid, but the employer will sponsor you throughout the degree programme at no cost to you

A wide range of universities are now offering the degree apprenticeships including some of the prestigious Russell Group universities. The entry requirements for a degree apprenticeship at one of these universities will be as competitive as applying for a degree programme at the university. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the required UCAS points, then you will not be able to start on the apprenticeship programme.
 

School Leaver Programmes

A large number of firms are now offering school leaver programme which offer professional training up to Level 7 qualifications. These professional qualifications equate to a degree programme although they are specific for the industry sector. Some organisations offer a Level 3 qualification as a starting point. However, you are able to start on a Level 4/5 and 6 programme of study, for example: investment banking.  

There are a number of jobs that you cannot get without going to university and these include medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and pharmacy.  New apprenticeship programmes are being announced on a regular basis and it is important to research into these opportunities; however, some careers will always remain as graduate entry only programmes.

Why are firms offering School Leaver Programmes and Degree Apprenticeships?

  • Improves employee loyalty
  • Reduces staff turnover
  • Employees have a real understanding of the business from a theoretical and practical basis.
  • School leavers have a more realistic approach to their career.

Advantages of a School Leaver/Degree Apprenticeship Programme

  • Salary from day one.
  • Additional benefits as an employee.
  • Additional qualifications at no cost.
  • Practical experience of the work place.
  • Be a valued team member from the start.
  • Start developing a professional network.
  • Less competition applying for school leaver programme than graduate programmes.

Disadvantages of a School Leaver Programme/Degree Apprenticeships

  • Miss out on university student experience.
  • An average degree student has 15 contact hours a week with the remaining time to complete all assignment, whereas working and studying means that you have to complete assignments during your evenings and weekends.
  • No long holidays.
  • Potentially missing out on living independently at a young age.
  • The programme takes longer.

Interesting Facts

  • You can now study to become a solicitor through a degree apprenticeship.
  • There are now in excess of 600 different apprenticeship programmes.
  • Once qualified you are invariably offered a full time contract.
  • Salaries will rise during the apprenticeship programme.
  • You have equal opportunities to be promoted into managerial roles.
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