What next after A Levels? Our guide to Higher Education, Degrees and Apprenticeships.

If you’re not sure what path you should take next after A Levels, our handy guide to the world of higher education explains some of the options available.

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships help you to combine study with practical training on the job, making them an excellent alternative to University! By choosing a higher apprenticeship you can gain:

  • First-hand experience of working life, able to learn directly from experienced staff.
  • Job-specific skills in a chosen industry, whilst gaining a qualification in the process.
  • Opportunities at leading companies based locally such as BAE Systems
  • An excellent starting salary. A student loan isn’t required and training is fully-funded on the job

Students can also undertake an apprenticeship at a number of different levels, meaning there’s usually a position to suit you. Higher apprenticeships usually start from Level 4 and are degree equivalents.

Discover a wide range of apprenticeships available locally on our Apprenticeship Vacancies page.

Higher Education

There are lots of different types of Higher Education courses available. Higher education means any sort of nationally recognised qualification which is at Level 4 or above (A Levels, BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma, Apprenticeships are Level 3).

A degree starts at Level 4 and progresses to Level 6, in the third year.

In the past, higher education courses were just delivered at universities, they are now offered by universities, colleges and also by some training providers. So, if you have Level 3 qualifications like A Levels, Advanced Apprenticeship, BTEC National, etc. you can now explore higher level study at age 18+.

We offer a range of University degrees at Furness College ranging from business with project management to construction management, engineering and health and social care. Check out our Higher Education pages for more information.

Now you have your results, you can take the next step. Contact Furness College today to kickstart your future!

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