August 13th is a huge day for students across the UK; with the release of their A-Level results helping them forge their future career. We take a look at a number of students who have decided to take up a higher apprenticeship as an alternative to university.
Despite a decrease in the level of students achieving top A-Level grades this year, graduates are acting fast to secure a place on their desired courses and apprenticeships. This graphic from the BBC breaks down this year’s A-Level results.
According to exam boards, the number of A-Levels taken this year has hit the 850,000 mark, with many students studying computing, which is good news to the thousands of business owners that are searching for digital apprentices.
A number of colleges are delighted with their students A-Level results. Kim Caplin, vice principal 14-19 Pathways at Westminster Kingsway College has revealed that a proportion of its students are planning on undertaking an apprenticeship.
‘‘I’m delighted with the achievements of our students, they have done incredibly well. A number of students are also choosing to take the Apprenticeship route, with one of our students starting an Apprenticeship with the Bank of England.’’
Successful students have been speaking to the media about what they plan to do next now that they have finished college and sixth form. 18 year-old Nathan, a student at Newcastle Sixth Form College has explained why he is choosing to undertake an apprenticeship with Sage, one of the largest accountancy firms in the UK.
‘‘I wasn’t sure university was right for me so I decided to look at an apprenticeship and it’s the best thing I ever did. I was in the process of filling in the UCAS form when I was offered an accountancy apprenticeship and it just seemed like the best thing for me.’’
‘‘Going to university straight after A Levels is not for everyone. It’s a personal choice. For me, I get to earn money, gain experience and still get the qualifications I need. Either way you still get a career, you just have to think long and hard about what is best for you.’’
Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges joined students in celebrating their success, but also had some words of wisdom for those unsure about whether to go to University or not.
“Congratulations to all students receiving their A Level results today,” commented Doel. “Colleges have helped many to achieve fantastic results which will open up a wealth of opportunities as they move forward on their chosen career path.’’
‘‘Higher education is extremely valuable and students who are finding out their results today will face a wealth of choice, especially with the cap lifted on student numbers, but they need to remember university isn’t the only route.’’
“Alternatives include higher technical and professional education, such as higher apprenticeships, for students who want a more practical education – colleges specialise in providing these alternatives.”