How Far will you go?

Your routes to university

Route 1

Apprenticeships

If you have your heart set on getting a job as soon as possible when you leave school, then an apprenticeship will suit you.
You’ll start work in a junior position with a local company, combining this with completing qualifications linked to your career path.
This doesn’t mean the end of your chances to study a university qualification. You can
go on to foundation degrees, honours degrees and degree apprenticeships with universities both here in the Midlands and UK-wide.

Route 2

Vocational
The full time vocational route will suit you if you want to focus on a subject you love or have
a talent in. For example,
IT and computing, art and design, construction, media, TV and film, sport, engineering, public services, music and performing arts, childcare, motor vehicle, health and social care, accounting, business or travel and tourism! Advanced vocational courses are the same
level as A levels – meaning you achieve UCAS points and can go on to a huge choice
of universities, as well as studying university courses at Telford College.

Route 3

Academic
This route will suit you if you do well in exams and you want to study a mix of three or four subjects at advanced level.
There are some career routes, such as medicine, where taking a specific combination of A
levels is important. Once you complete your A levels, you can choose whether to go to university full time or part time, here in the Midlands or anywhere in the UK.
You could also choose to start an apprenticeship. It’s your choice.

Level Qualifications Master’s Degree Master’s Degree
University level 7 Professional postgraduate qualifications Honours Degree Honours Degree
University level 6 Degree apprenticeship Honours Degree Honours Degree
University level 5 Higher apprenticeships or NVQ 4 foundation Degree or HND Diploma in Higher Education
University level 4 Higher apprenticeships or NVQ 4 HNC Certificate in Higher Education
College & sixth form 3 Advanced apprenticeship or NVQ 3 Vocational. L3, BTEC, CACHE or City & Guilds A levels
School or college 2 Intermediate apprenticeship or NVQ 2 Vocational, L2, BTEC, CACHE or City & Guilds GCSE Grades 9-4
options to consider at 14 Apprenticeship route Vocational route Academic route