Apprenticeship Vs. A levels

A-levels have been looked at as the “traditional” route after finishing your GCSE’s for years and there are many false, negative views towards apprenticeships. However, these are beginning to fade, and apprenticeships are becoming a more popular route to take.

If you’re not sure which career path you want to take, then maybe A-levels would be the best choice for you. Allowing you to study multiple subjects, A-Levels will help you to discover the job path you would like to take. It also means you can get a few different qualifications to add to your CV. The only issue being that it is another two years technically in school, which isn’t everyone’s first choice. If you start an apprenticeship, they can vary in length from a year to three. It depends on the job, company and course you would be studying alongside working. Another bonus for an apprenticeship is you get paid while learning. Although the pay is usually a minimum, it is more than you would earn if you chose to do A-levels. Many A-level students struggle to manage their work and a part time job.

Apprenticeships are often conducted at an out of school environment, and allow you to learn more about your career choice by doing the job and trying it out, instead of reading a book and sitting in a classroom. The qualification gained from your course is no different to having A-levels. It will just come under one qualification, but the advanced apprenticeship course is looked at equivalent to two A-levels. A-levels are not for everyone, but neither is an apprenticeship; it depends on what you feel is the best choice for you.

A common belief about apprenticeships is that you cannot go on to study further at university if you choose to do this. With both A-levels and apprenticeships, you can go on to study further. However, you do need to remember that some careers do need degrees such as a Doctor, which there are not apprenticeships for. This means A-levels would have to be your option.

Some people think that apprenticeships are for those with very little qualifications or those who are not smart enough for A-levels. This is completely wrong, as many of the entry requirements for apprenticeships require a certain amount of GCSE’s, just as A-levels do. Apprenticeships can also be very challenging and it is very different to study a career rather than get involved as an employee.

Both courses have their pros and cons, but it is ultimately down to what you think would suit you best and what you would enjoy. You’ll want to get the most out of your choice and make sure it is right for you.

If you choose to follow an apprenticeship path and engineering interests, you then maybe we are a good choice for you. We expect a minimum of 5 GCSE’s A-C to be considered for our apprenticeship roles. To find out more information on the apprenticeships we offer, and requirements visit our Apprentice area page. Alternatively, contact us directly via email or over the phone to discuss our opportunities further with you.