As a Sixth Form student, you may be considering your options for further education after leaving school. One option that has become increasingly popular in recent years is the degree apprenticeship. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of a degree apprenticeship, provide examples of available apprenticeships, and summarise the application process. It’s important to take education advice so that you are clear about every step of this complicated process.
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Why choose a degree apprenticeship?
A degree apprenticeship combines the best of both worlds: you will gain a university-level education while also earning a wage and gaining real-world work experience. This can be an attractive option for those who want to avoid the burden of student debt, or who are keen to start their careers as soon as possible.
Another benefit of a degree apprenticeship is that you will be gaining practical skills and experience that will be highly valued by employers. This can give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs in your chosen field after graduation.
Researching degree apprenticeships
Before applying for a degree apprenticeship, it is important to do your research to ensure that you are choosing the right course and employer for you. There are a number of websites that can help with this, such as the government's Find an Apprenticeship website, which lists available apprenticeships and provides information on the qualifications and skills required for each role.
You can work with TIEC for education advice on available apprenticeships and the application process. Our higher education consultants can provide you with information on local employers who are offering apprenticeships in your chosen field.
Examples of degree apprenticeships
There are a wide range of degree apprenticeships available in the UK, covering everything from business and finance to engineering and healthcare. Here are just a few examples:
Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship - This apprenticeship is offered by a number of employers, including Accenture, Capgemini, and IBM. It is a four-year programme that combines a degree in computer science or a related field with on-the-job training in areas such as software development, cyber security, and data analytics.
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - This apprenticeship is aimed at those who are interested in a career in management. It is a four-year programme that combines a degree in business or a related field with practical training in areas such as leadership, project management, and financial planning. Employers offering this apprenticeship include BT, Tesco, and Virgin Media.
Nursing Degree Apprenticeship - This apprenticeship is offered by a number of NHS Trusts and is aimed at those who want to become registered nurses. It is a four-year programme that combines a degree in nursing with practical training in a hospital setting. You will be able to earn a salary while studying, and there is the possibility of a job offer at the end of the apprenticeship.
Applying for a degree apprenticeship
The application process for a degree apprenticeship can vary depending on the employer and the course. Generally, having taken education advice, you will need to complete an application form and provide evidence of your qualifications and any relevant work experience. You may also need to attend an interview or assessment centre.
It is important to apply early, as many apprenticeships have a limited number of places and can be highly competitive. You should also ensure that you are fully prepared for the application process, including researching the employer and the course, and practiscing your interview technique.
In conclusion, a degree apprenticeship can be an excellent choice for those who want to gain a university-level education while also earning a wage and gaining practical work experience. By researching available apprenticeships and preparing thoroughly for the application process, you can increase your chances of securing a place on a programme that is right for you.
How can our higher education consultants help you?
The Independent Education Consultants have a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to guide you through the right higher education option for you. If you’d like help and support on finding the right Degree Apprenticeship, please get in touch with our higher education consultants.