APPLYing TO HIGHER EDUCATION
Whether you’re looking at University, Apprenticeships or School Leaver Programmes, each option for Higher Education boasts its own benefits and opportunities, and their own routes to apply. Take a look below for an overview of the different options, things to consider with each one, as well as how to apply!
Meet our current students
This page has been prepared by our Student Ambassador James. James is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey and his course includes a placement year. We asked James some questions:
What was your pathway to getting to university?
I completed my GCSEs and A-Levels at the same school, an all-boys grammar school with an incorporated sixth form, before heading straight to the University of Surrey. In terms of A-Levels I did Maths, Physics and Art (and an artefact-based EPQ in Acoustic Levitation.)
What is your favourite part of your degree?
The hands-on laboratory experiments that bring the lecture content to life!
Looking at University and studying at one of the UK’s Higher Education institutions? We’ve developed this 10 step guide to support you through the different stages!
If you click on each image below more information will be provided on the different steps.
Applying for an apprenticeship has a similar process to applying for a job. There are several factors to consider when looking at apprenticeships and below are some factors to think about during applying.
There are different levels of apprenticeship so it is important for you to be aware of what level you are applying for. There are fours types of apprenticeships available including:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (GCSE Level equivalent – Level 2)
- Advanced Apprenticeship (A-Level equivalent – Level 3)
- Higher Apprenticeship (First year degree equivalent – Level 4 and above)
- Degree Apprenticeship (Degree equivalent – Level 5-7)
Each type is different set at a different level which means the entry requirements will be different for each type of apprenticeship. There are over seventy universities and around two hundred colleges which are approved to deliver higher and degree apprenticeships. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to have a job whilst being provided with training.
As applying for an apprenticeship does not have an organisation responsible for the application process there are not set deadlines and vacancy applications may appear at any stage. If you wish to keep your options open you are able to apply for an apprenticeship and to university during the same academic year.
There are a number of places you are able to find where apprenticeships are advertised and you are able to apply. Use the links below to find apprenticeships. It is important to research each opportunity thoroughly to make sure you are happy with its responsibilities. It also is important to tailor your application to the job you are applying for.
Our top application tips are:
- Research the role thoroughly to ensure you are prepared to answer the questions on the application and at interview
- Use your hobbies, experiences and interests to help support your application
- Make sure you get someone to check the application for any issues with spelling or grammar.
- Link experiences to the skills they are asking for during the application. For example if you had a responsibility at school write about the skills you had to use.
- Be prepared to write about yourself. Every application needs to showcase what you have on offer to the employer.
SCHOOL LEAVER PROGRAMMES
School leaver programmes are another option you may wish to consider once you have finished school. They are similar to apprenticeships as they offer a direct route into the work place whilst offering training. There is however, not as much structure as these programmes vary company to company. To apply you will need to research opportunities and apply like you would for a job.
ASK A QUESTION!
The Outreach Hub is here to answer any question you might have regarding Higher Education. We will work hard to answer question you might have and signpost you to the most useful information. You can either use the form below or the details on our contact page.