Alternatives to a degree in the UK

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
A Level results have just been published in the UK.  As well as studying for a degree, there are many alternatives to a degree in the UK for young adults. 
Here are a few of the most popular:


  • Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn and gain a qualification. They are available in a wide range of industries, from engineering and manufacturing to IT and healthcare. Here's the link to the government website.
  • Further education courses: Further education courses can be a good option if you want to gain a specific qualification or skill. They are offered at a variety of levels, from entry-level to advanced.
  • T-levels: T-levels are a new type of technical qualification that combines classroom learning with on-the-job training. They are designed to prepare you for high-skilled employment in a variety of industries.
  • BTECs: BTECs are vocational qualifications that are offered at a variety of levels. They are a good option if you want to gain a qualification that is relevant to a specific career.  Here's the link to the BTEC website
  • Foundation degrees: Foundation degrees are a stepping stone to a full degree. They are typically shorter and more vocationally focused than a full degree. Here's the link explaining more:
  • Online courses: There are a number of online courses available that can help you develop your skills and knowledge. These courses can be a good option if you want to learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.  Companies such as google offer a wide range of free courses for learning remotely and online.
  • Work experience and Volunteering - work experience allows you to gain practical experience and to trial the work environment.  Likewise, volunteering is a great way to gain skills and experience and to give back to your community and to meet relevant people in your chosen field. 
Going to university to study for a degree is not for everyone.  There are lots of alternatives available including those listed above and remember New Job Today has details of apprenticeships, trainee schemes and job opportunities that might be suitable for you instead of studying for a degree!