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University vs apprenticeships: you decide

Want a degree but you're not sure whether to go to uni or apply for an apprenticeship? We spoke to students and apprentices to learn more about each path

These days there's more than one route to a degree. You can take the traditional university route or work towards a degree through a higher or degree apprenticeship.

Both paths have their merits. If you’re someone who really wants to embrace the student experience and explore your course subject in-depth, going to university might be for you.

If you enjoy hands-on learning, want to get paid for on-the-job training and get a degree without tuition fees, then an apprenticeship could be a good option.

Watch now: What are degree apprenticeships?

If both routes appeal to you, it's important to weigh up the pros and cons of university and apprenticeships. Remember, you don't have to apply for one or the other; you can apply for both to keep your options open.

Just keep in mind that you will have to make a decision at some point.

To help with your decision, we chatted to students Demi and Ruby (London Metropolitan University (LMU) and Oxford University), as well as apprentices Peter and Cara (Capgemini and Ernst & Young (EY) and Ada College) who talked about why their chosen route was right for them.

See their thoughts on different topics below:

The best thing about being a student/apprentice

Find out what students and apprentices said they enjoyed most about their courses and programmes.

The financial implications of being a student/apprentice

Hear from students and apprentices on the financial pros and cons of their chosen area of study.

The social scene as a student/apprentice

See what the social life is like for students and apprentices.

Career prospects as a student/apprentice

Students and apprentices talk about how they feel about their future career paths.


Still undecided about the route you want to take? Explore our free downloadable guides below:

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