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    I'll keep it straightforward:

    Got offers to study Computer Science from top unis (Warwick, Southampton etc.) and i'd planned on firming Southampton.

    Had a talk to our Computing class from an old teacher about apprenticeships at his new job: http://www.uk.capgemini.com/careers/...pprenticeships

    It's a 5 year deal with them putting you through a degree in Computing and IT Practce along with other qualifications, and a salary that starts at £10k and goes up to £27k.

    Now i'm unsure of what to do, i'm expecting high grades (AAAA) so is it a good idea to apply for this apprenticeship? If so, should I still firm/insure my choices and apply for finance etc, because I heard if you get your grades to go to your firm you have to go there, you can't not go?

    Also, do you think the degree they put you through is this one: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...cation/q62.htm and would I be able to choose one of the pathways they talk about (ie. CS, Software Development) or would they choose the path I take? I'm not very interested in the business side of all this but want to become a software developer

    Thanks in advance!

    I can see the great appeal of such apprenticeships but since you have offers from excellent uni CS depts I wouldn't turn down the opportunity. Uni is a social and educational experience that is very valuable in your career

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    I would still stick with uni as it would open up so many more doors both educationally and socially, for example networking or placements. Also a degree from a top uni is well respected by employers. With so many graduate training schemes you might wanna check them out to see what you could do with your degree.
    also uni may leave you with a change of heart, you may find teaching or another career path in computing much more suited to you
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