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Parents, carers and supporters need to be aware of a number of factors when helping young people consider the pros and cons of traditional degree and apprenticeship pathways.

There is no right or wrong answer and both options improve career prospects and earnings.

University

 

Pros

Wide choice of unis and courses with plenty of places available

Single point of application with a range of entry requirements

Student life / experience

Access to bursaries for some

Can keep many career options open

 

Cons

Tuition fees and living costs are high

Most students need to work part time to earn extra money during their studies

 

 

Find out more about university:

www.ucas.com

www.theuniguide.co.uk

MyTutor Guide to UCAS: Your One-Stop Guide 

Apprenticeships

 

Pros

No fees

A salary and holiday pay – earn and learn at the same time

Highly vocational gaining lots of job-specific skills from working professionals

Built-in employer involvement

Good employment prospects

 

Cons

Limited availability (especially  L4 and above)

Complex application and highly competitive

Need a clear career in mind

Demanding job / study commitment

 

Find out more about apprenticeships:

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

www.ucas.com/apprenticeships-in-the-uk

GOV Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Information

UCAS Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Guide