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Not sure what your options are? Or which path to take after your apprenticeship? Wondering if apprenticeships can lead to university?

Of course, apprenticeships lead to University. Usually people assumed that after an apprenticeship is finished, you stayed in that one career. Good news, in all honesty, that’s not the case; first thing to remember, you won’t necessarily need to be in one career until your retirement. There are diverse options; not only do people change jobs often, they also change career several times during their lifetime.

Subsequently, there are many options after you complete an apprenticeship. If you are keen to continue education, apprenticeships can lead to University.


Are you worried about university exam grades?



In the first place, entry requirements in the UK vary between universities and you may be wondering how you can be accepted through apprenticeship qualifications.

Different apprenticeships levels are equivalent to different exam grades, which means you will need to reach certain apprenticeship qualifications to have the right grades for University. Generally, It range anywhere from a Level 2, the equivalent of GCSEs to a Level 7.

Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3-4) are considered A levels and will received UCAS points to apply to University. Alternatively, if you have experience in the subject you willing to apply for, you may not need a recent qualification or may need fewer of them.

You should also keep in mind that universities will acknowledge your application – including your personal statement. 

An undergraduate personal statement is a chance to get noticed for the unique talents and experiences you have. It’s an important part of the application process.

But what about university fees?

For anyone who is sure that the University is the route to follow, you will be eligible for a loan if you have completed a Level 3 or ‘advanced’ level apprenticeship. Another key point, anything higher than an advanced level apprenticeship is considered a certificate of higher education and is consequently not eligible.

The world of student finance is particularly complex, however if you have any questions, reach out to UCAS customer service.

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Did you think about Degree Level Apprenticeships?

As a matter of fact, a degree apprenticeship enables you significantly to gain a full undergraduate or master’s degree while you work. On the other hand, these not only save you university fees, at any rate you also earn whilst you study and continue to gain valuable work experience.

Level 4 (Higher) Apprenticeships
Level 4 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to a HNC, CertHE, Level 4 NVQ, BTEC or first year of university.

Level 5 (Higher) Apprenticeships
Level 5 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to a DipHE, HND, Level 5 NVQ, Level 5 BTEC, foundation degree or second year of university.

Level 6 (Higher or Degree) Apprenticeships
Level 6 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to a BA or BSc Degree, Graduate Certificate, Level 6 NVQ or Level 6 BTEC.

And last but not least:

Level 7 (Higher or Professional) Apprenticeships
Level 7 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to a Meng, MA, MSc, Level 7 NVQ, PGCSE or Postgraduate Certificate.

To conclude, you will spend about 20% of your time studying vs. 80% of your time working. 

Without a doubt, our Level 3 apprenticeships could be the perfect step to start your way to achieve your degree level, for the purpose of up-skill your talents or change your career path.