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Progressing to HE level after an Apprenticeship

There are a wide range of progression opportunitites when you have completed your Apprenticeship

The Advanced Apprenticeship qualification alongside the skills and experience you have gained as an apprentice prepare you well to progress into higher education, either through a Higher Apprenticeship or to another type of higher education course.

How NE Career Engine can help

The NE Career Engine website has plenty of information, advice and tools that can help you get started. You might want to:

  • Continue reading this page for more information about progression routes after an Apprenticeship and hear other people's stories.
  • Look at the getting started section to find out about the key things to consider in thinking about higher education.

You can also complete one of the following activities to help you start your planning.

What can I do next?

Higher education means any study from Level 4 (which is equivalent, in level, to the first year of a university course) upwards – this includes short courses, a range of degrees, work-related courses and even post-graduate qualifications.

Higher Education includes a broad range of part-time and vocational Higher Education programmes. Over 30% of students in higher education are studying part-time, so you can continue to earn while you learn.

Progressing to higher education might include undertaking a Foundation Degree or a Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND). There are also opportunities such as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) available through colleges, universities and training providers where you can continue to develop new skills related to your professional area.

Higher Apprenticeships are a more recent development, they take the principles of Apprenticeship learning but at a higher level. You can read more about Higher Apprenticeships. 


Vicky chose an Apprenticeship after A Levels and is now doing a degree

Why think about higher level study?

Higher level skills will give you an edge in the job market and help you progress in your career. 

  • Your qualifications are likely to have an effect on how much you earn. On average, someone with a level 4 qualification will earn £200 more per week than someone with a level 3 qualification – that's £10,000 a year.
  • Employers pay most for skills that are specialised, require training and qualifications, are important to their business and in short supply. By 2020, 40% of the workforce will require skills associated with higher education).
  • People with higher level qualifications are less likely to be unemployed and are frequently found to be working at a management or senior level.

Hear about Mark's experience and how getting a degree has supported him in his career.

What type of higher education might be best?

If you apply for a work-related course you will be able to combine work and study. Many courses now have flexible delivery, for example in the evening, weekends, day release or online. You will need to find a programme that suits you best.

If you cannot get the time off work or you work shifts, you could also consider a course with the Open University where learning takes place at home using support materials or through on-line learning.

We have compiled information about the type of study or course that will best suit your ambitions, interest and circumstances.  

You can also explore the range of higher level study available at local colleges and universities in the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and former Avon area using the Find a Provider tool. 

Want further information?

NE Career Engine can provide information to help you decide what to do to achieve your ambitions but it is also worth asking for free careers advice provided to adults through the National Careers Service.

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