Degree Apprenticeships increasing in popularity as UCAS reports first drop in university applications in years.
A growing number of students in the country have opted to do a Degree Apprenticeship.
While UCAS has reported today the first drop in applications in years, Universities UK has predicted a 658% increase in degree apprentice entrants (from 640 in 2015-16 to 4,850 in 2017-18).
The biggest difference between a standard degree and a Degree Apprenticeship is the cost – they are completely free to the student.
Course fees are shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full bachelors degree without paying any fees. With the average student racking up debts of at least £27,000, Degree Apprenticeships look like a very sensible choice.
A Degree Apprenticeship is a real job, combined with study at university. Apprentices split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top university while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.
A number of students from top-performing Winstanley College have opted for Degree Apprenticeships at organisations including Rolls Royce, the BBC and Deloitte.
Joe Little and Lucy Hickey, who both attended St Peter’s Catholic High School in Orrell, have secured prestigious apprenticeships with the BBC. Joe’s apprenticeship is in Broadcast Engineering and Lucy’s is a TV Production Apprenticeship.
Joe says: “An apprenticeship meant I would receive on the job training, gaining all the hands-on skills I would need and at the same time would still be able to complete my degree so that’s what made me choose this route. The other obvious benefit was getting paid to work and study!
Lucy added “Working in Media City is going to be so exciting.”