Has the Benefit of A Levels Passed?

I think it is hard to agree that the benefit of A Levels has passed, after all students need them to further their careers and obtaining A- Levels opens up so many doors.

For most people, the idea of A-Levels is so that they can go on to university. If you ask the average person in the street they would say that university is the only reason why people go on to do their A-Levels, well, they would in fact in be wrong. Of course university is one of the best options after finishing A-Levels but it’s certainly not the only path that students can take. The time has come for people to start understanding all of the avenues that A-Level open to students.

For your benefit we have listed 3 of the best options available upon completion of A-Levels. So read through the below information for a clearer idea of what you or your children can do after A-Levels.


This is of course the traditional path that students will take and it is still an extremely good option. Degrees are a very valuable asset for anyone to have and they can open up some excellent career opportunities. If you are set on heading off to university then you need to do you research; you need to check which degree courses will help you in your future career plans.

The other bonus about going to university is that you get very long breaks, during your holidays you will be able to get some invaluable work experience which will make your CV look very strong indeed. If you can, choose a degree course that involves working in the relevant industry for a year.

Graduates often get a higher salary on average and will earn more during their working lives. However, university is not something that everyone wants to do; some head straight out to work or are dissuaded when they look at the costs.

Sponsored Degree Programmes

This is a perfect option for anyone that is put off by the cost of heading to university. There are many different types of sponsored degree programmes available:

  • There are ones where you will go to university as a part time student and work at the same time. For this the employer will pay your tuition fees.
  • Another popular choice is studying a full time university course, which has been created by a group of employers in the same industry or a single employer in tandem with the university.

Sponsored degree programmes can provide some very much needed financial help whilst studying, it will also give you the chance to gain work experience and also form good working relations with a potential employer. The downside to these programmes is that they will often lack choice, cover a few industries and are highly competitive.

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are probably the premier type of apprenticeships available. This path is very similar to that of the school leaver programmes but is considerably shorter.

By choosing to do a higher apprenticeship you will also be able to obtain qualifications such as; HNDs, Undergrad degrees and also foundation degrees. Apprentices can always add to their qualifications once they have completed their apprenticeship.

There are those school leavers that will go straight past any of these options and head for the workplace. The decision lies with the individual and it should be a well thought through decision. It is very easy to think about what is good for your life in the short term but you really need to look at the bigger picture, and what will benefit your life further down the road.

Carl Browne writes for Enjoy Education, bespoke private tutoring and schools consultancy services.