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Progressing to HE level after an Advanced Apprenticeship

There are a wide range of progression opportunities at a higher education level

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The Advanced Apprenticeship qualification alongside the skills and experience you have gained as an apprentice prepare you well to progress into higher education, either through a Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship or another type of higher education course.

How Lifepilot can help

The Lifepilot website has plenty of information, advice and tools that can help you get started. You might want to:

  • Continue reading this page for more information about progressing through the apprenticeship route
  • Look at the getting started section to find out about the key things to consider in thinking about higher education

You can also complete one of the following activities to help you start your planning.

  • The resource finder will ask you what you want to know and give you the Lifepilot information you need.
  • The Lifepilot HE Skills Map Tool will help you build a record of your current experiences and see what skills they have helped you develop. It will aslo help you think about evidence you have that you can use on applications. 

What can I do after an Advanced Apprenticeship?

Higher education means any study from Level 4 (which is equivalent, in level, to the first year of a university course) upwards – this includes short courses, a range of degrees, work-related courses, higher level apprenticeships and even post-graduate qualifications.

Higher education includes a broad range of part-time and vocational higher education programmes. Over 30% of students in higher education are studying part-time, so you can continue to earn while you learn.

Progressing to higher education might include undertaking a Foundation Degree or a Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND). There are also opportunities such as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) available through colleges, universities and training providers where you can continue to develop new skills related to your professional area.

Higher Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships follow the same principles as other apprenticeship learning but at a higher level.

Case study

Hear about Abigail's experience of moving from an apprenticeship into a Foundation Degree at the University of Plymouth. 


Download a written case study: Vicky chose an apprenticeship after A Levels and is now doing a degree

Why think about higher level study?

Higher level skills will give you an edge in the job market and help you progress in your career. 

  • Your qualifications are likely to have an effect on how much you earn. On average, someone with a Level 4 qualification will earn £200 more per week than someone with a level 3 qualification – that's £10,000 a year
  • Employers pay most for skills that are specialised, require training and qualifications, are important to their business and in short supply. By 2020, 40% of the workforce will require skills associated with higher education
  • People with higher level qualifications are less likely to be unemployed and are frequently found to be working at a management or senior level

What type of higher education might be best?

If you apply for a work-related course you will be able to combine work and study. Many courses now have flexible delivery, for example in the evening, weekends, day release or online. You will need to find a programme that suits you best.

If you cannot get the time off work or you work shifts, you could also consider a course with the Open University where learning takes place at home using support materials or through on-line learning.

Lifepilot has information about the type of study or course that will best suit your ambitions, interest and circumstances.  

You can also explore the range of higher level study available in the South West using the Find a Provider tool. 

Further advice and information

Lifepilot can provide information to help you decide what to do to achieve your ambitions but it is also worth asking for advice from the National Careers Service.

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