Apprenticeships – A path to university

Apprenticeships are commonly seen as alternative pathways to Higher Education, a vocational route for those looking to get onto the career ladder and learn and progress through an organisational structure. Whilst the Apprenticeship programme can develop vital work skills for its participants it can also be a prime opportunity for some learners to gain experience and qualifications in their career choice, before progressing onto university courses.

Apprenticeship programmes are recognised by universities, and often carry a UCAS points value. The National Apprenticeship Service is working closely with UCAS to extend this to a wider range of qualifications which can count towards a university application. As a result of this, a number of applicants to universities now have a full Level 2 and/or Level 3 Apprenticeship framework to their name.

The Apprenticeship to Higher Education Progression Chart

Summers Covington (a former pupil at Sir John Nelthorpe School) joined SouthBank Training in August 2010 to complete her Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration.
After studying for her A-Levels at John Leggott College, Summers joined the Apprenticeship programme to gain valuable experience and vocational skills before applying to University. Summers gained work experience on placement at both North Lincolnshire Council and front of house at the SouthBank Training Ltd Scunthorpe office. A determined Summers completed her full Apprenticeship framework on 23rd February 2011.
Using her achievements to boost her UCAS points, Summers decided to apply for university, securing a place at Birmingham City University. Summers is now working towards her BA (hons) in English and Media at Birmingham.

Congratulations Summers on all your success


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