It’s an exciting time as you consider your future, but don’t forget to consider all your options. Higher and degree apprenticeships are a different pathway to following the traditional route of going to university as a full-time student. They offer all the benefits of higher education, as well as the competitive advantage of gaining valuable work experience while completing your degree. You will not only be learning, but earning a salary, from day one. Your tuition fees are paid for by your employer and the government, so you will not be expected to pay any tuition fees or apply for a student loan.
Universities work in partnership with employers to develop and deliver these apprenticeships, which combine university study and on-the-job training...
You no longer have to choose between a degree or an apprenticeship. A growing number of companies are offering degree-level apprenticeships, so you can study for a degree debt-free, while gaining hands-on commercial experience.
So, what does it take to be a degree apprentice? Craig Wakefield from Renishaw shares his experience of being a software engineering apprentice.
Exam season can be a stressful time for many, but with a bit of preparation you can do well! These seven tips will get you started:
1.Have a plan
Create a timetable in the weeks leading up to your exams. Jot down when your exams are and what topics you need to revise. You know yourself what subjects you may need to commit more time to so keep this in mind when planning your revision.
2.Take regular breaks
Shorter revision stints work much better than trying to do hours at a time. Try 40 minutes revision with regular ten minute breaks. This will keep you focused and help you retain more information.
Keep Post-its with key info dotted around your revision space – these will act as reminders for the stuff you’ve previously revised.
4.Practice exam questions
These will be available at your school, college, and even online. What...
This week is National Apprenticeship Week which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. There are over 100,000 employers who offer apprenticeships and so far, we’ve received over 8,500 applications through UCAS Progress. This figure is increasing every year!
To get a better understanding of the journey you go through on an apprenticeship, we asked Amanda Dorsett from Resource Productions and Sadie Hawkins from IBM to share their experiences.
The thought of what to do after your post-16 qualifications may appear daunting, but there are many options for you to consider. From carrying on in full-time study to getting a flavour of work with your qualification, this short blog post looks at your options.
There are a few options available to you if you wish to stay in full-time study. Here’s a selection of what you may be able to study:
A levels – you usually study three subjects or more. There is a wide range of subjects available. They’re usually studied at the same time over two years.
Scottish Highers – the main qualification required for entry into higher education if you live in Scotland. There are over 60 subjects and you usually study four or five. Each Higher is made up of units – you need...
If you’ve applied to a conservatoire, the next deadline to reply to offers is less than a month away. Some of our terminology can seem confusing at first, so we’ll talk you through what your offers mean and how you can reply to them!
Get on Track
To reply to your offers, first of all you need to log in to Track and select ‘Click here to view the current status of each of your choices’. ...
So now you’ve sent your application you’re probably wondering what happens next. Look no further as we’ve got it covered in this short blog post!
Wondering when the unis will reply? If you applied by 15 January you’ll have a decision from each uni by 2 May.
Once a university has made a decision, you’ll see one of the following in Track:
conditional offer – you still need to meet some requirements – usually exam results
unconditional offer – you’ve already met the entry requirements and your place is confirmed. However, additional information such as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or proof of qualifications may need to be provided
invitation received – you’ve been invited to an interview. The date will usually be given in Track – if not, ring the uni for details
There are over 150,000 employers offering apprenticeships in over 170 industries in the UK – and this figure is increasing every year!
But why pick an apprenticeship? Check out our top four tips to why you should consider one.
1)Earn while you learn
We’ll start with quite a big draw – you’ll receive a wage and paid holiday. Depending on the employer, learning will either be on a one day a week basis, or in blocks of several days. They’re either offered in the workplace or at a local college.
2)Preparation for working
Each week you’ll be working alongside experienced staff while gaining job-specific skills and earning a wage! Due to the nature of your study it enables you to develop your knowledge and skills quickly. And your employer will provide you with practical experience so you can put your new skills to the test! What better way to prepare for full-time work?
15 January is the deadline for most undergraduate courses. If we receive your application by 18:00 (UK time) on this date, its guaranteed consideration by your chosen universities and colleges. There are some exceptions where a different deadline might apply – use our search tool to check when you need to apply for your course.
Has this deadline crept up on you? If the answer is ‘yes’ then you’re probably less prepared than you might have hoped. It’s never a good idea to wait until the very last minute when it comes to something as important as your university application, so if you haven’t already hit send, aim to do so as soon as you can. Here are some of the reasons why you need to set aside plenty of time...
You’ll need to pay for your application
If you’re applying independently you’ll...
You can only pay for your UCAS application when every section is marked with a red tick. If you’re applying through your school or college, they’ll be able send us your application after you’ve paid. If you’re applying independently, you can hit ‘pay/send’ straight away once your referee has completed their reference.
Payment won’t go through?
Make sure you:
enter the correct 16 digit number from the front of your payment card
enter the end date and start date, if shown, from the front of your payment card
enter the last three digits from the signature strip on the back of your payment card when you’re asked for the CV2 number
have sufficient funds in your account to pay for the application – for 2020 entry, it's £20 for one choice, or £25 for multiple choices. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice.