Higher Education- What are my Options?

Many students fail to realise that there is more than one route into higher education. In fact, there are a range of opportunities available from degrees to apprenticeships to studying abroad. We’ve put together a quick guide to the options available.

Get a Degree

If you’re interested in obtaining a degree, there are a number of ways to do so. The most popular choice is to study a full-time course at a university. However, many people opt to go to university as a part-time student, allowing you to free up your time to work or volunteer elsewhere. Open universities are also a great choice as they allow students the chance to study online in their own time, meaning you’ll still have time to go to work and study out of hours. Alternatively, you could go to university abroad or study for a degree at a further education college.

Study Abroad

There are a number of options that can make studying abroad easier for UK students. Whether you’re interested in studying abroad for only part of your degree or are looking to study as an exchange student, there are a range of websites available to help you. We’d advise taking a look at Erasmus if you’re interested in studying abroad as part of your degree and Fulbright for those who are looking into US scholarships or exchange programmes.

Further Education

There are more options available to further your education than just getting a degree. Many people choose to do a foundation course or HND at a local college or university. Others want to retake their A Levels in different subjects or to obtain better results. Talk to your teachers or tutors about what options would work best for you. As long as you enrol in further education before your 19th birthday, it will be free.

Do an Apprenticeship

Over the past few years, the interest in apprenticeships has boomed. Many companies throughout the UK have developed their entry programmes for students with A Levels or equivalent qualifications. Apprenticeships enable you to get your foot into the sector of your choice and learn whilst earning, which is why they are so popular amongst young people. Here at GET, we can offer you fantastic engineering apprenticeships to help you get into the industry. Interested? Take a look at our current apprenticeship vacancies here.

Get a Job or Take a Break

Getting a job is a favourable option amongst many as it allows them to enter the real world and to start earning a living. However, many others feel this isn’t the right route for them into their chosen industry. A high number of students opt for a gap year before heading to university the year after, allowing them to take some time to earn some extra money or travel.

Don’t let the variation of options stress you out; whatever route you take will be right for you. GET have been providing work-based learning in engineering for over 40 years. If you’re interested in higher education within the engineering industry, get in touch with a member of the team today by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01452 423461.