Apprentice Q&A - Pearson

Posted: 4th of March 2019 by Lewis Scott





Tell us a little bit about you?
My name is Harry Sheehan, I am 18 and from Somerset; I’ve recently moved to London with another apprentice in order to study my Degree Apprenticeship. I studied A-levels in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

What are you studying?
BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?
Pearson College London as Student Experience Assistant.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?
While looking at alternative routes to traditional university, I saw my Degree Apprenticeship on Not Going To Uni. I researched Degree Apprenticeships in greater detail and soon found that they actually suited my learning style much better than going through the traditional degree pathway.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?
Having never studied a business subject so far in my education, everything I am learning is brand new to me. Luckily, all of my tutors are fantastic at explaining new concepts and are happy to repeat sections if someone is struggling to understand. I am really enjoying learning about the business world and how to apply it to my role.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?
Each week when coming to the seminar, I find that there is a situation in the workplace that applies to the topic we are studying, helping me to understand the topic so much more. On the flip side, what I am learning in the classroom allows me to perform better at work: they really both come hand in hand. We completed a research module that had to be based around our working situation, meaning I was able to further apply my studies to my role.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for a Degree Apprenticeship?
Even if you’re not sure if it’s an option you want to pursue, put your all into the application process because it is honestly a fantastic opportunity to learn even if you are unsuccessful.

During the application process do as much pre-work as you can so when it comes to each stage you’re ready for whatever is involved, this includes information about the company itself, it never hurts to do background research! If you do this, you will come across as more interested in the company.


For more information about Pearson College London's Degree Apprenticeship programmes, please visit their website.

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