Engineering degree or apprenticeship?Posted: 31st of March 2015 by
You might know that you want a career in engineering, but should you do an engineering degree or apprenticeship?
It’s not really a matter of which is best; it’s a matter of which choice is best for you.
Engineering careers are incredibly varied, including civil, mechanical, chemical, acoustic and automotive to name just a few and you can choose both degrees and apprenticeships in any of these areas. One thing’s for sure, engineers are always in demand. Find information on engineering.
What area will I work in if I study engineering?
What area of engineering that you work in will obviously depend on the branch of engineering that you study but you could end up working in manufacturing, power, water or processing, building or the transport industry.
What’s the difference between doing an engineering degree and doing an engineering apprenticeship?
The biggest difference is that an apprenticeship is a job – so you’re starting your engineering career. You will get paid, you will get holiday pay and you’ll get trained while you work.
At university you will study full-time. On some degree courses you can do a sandwich year, which means that mid-way through your degree you go out and work in industry for a time.
What qualification will I get on an engineering apprenticeship?
Chances are you will study for a degree if you choose to go to university. But if you choose not to go to university and to do an apprenticeship in engineering instead then the qualification that you study for will depend on the pathway that you choose, for example you might study for a level 2 NVQ Diploma in mechanical manufacturing engineering and a knowledge-based level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Technology on an intermediate engineering apprenticeship.
If, for example you choose or progress onto an advanced apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture, following the aerospace pathway you might study for a level 3 NVQ, extended diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and a level 3, knowledge-based Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology.
There is absolutely nothing stopping you from either studying for a degree after your apprenticeship or going for a degree apprenticeship, which offers the opportunity to study for a full honours degree whilst working as an apprentice.
How do I find degree courses and apprenticeships in engineering?
You can search the UCAS site for degrees in engineering and you can search our vacancies page to find apprenticeship opportunities near you.
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