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Wonder if anyone would be able to give me some advice here. Yesterday I got my A-level results which turned out to be better then I expected. A in History, B in Biology and a B in AS English Literature. I was very pleased with these results, especially considering the ADEU I got in year 12. The problem I have is that I only have the 2 full A-levels in History and Biology, yet I'm still considering going to university.

What I need advice on is whether its worth going to a lower league university with my A-levels or whether I should do an apprenticeship instead. I was leaning towards doing a degree in Biomedical science but with only 2 A-levels it rules out a lot of universities due to too few UCAS points. An option would be to do a foundation year and then the degree, as this would allow me to get into a good university. Is it worth it though, paying for 4 years of university on something I'm not 100% sure about?

One of my worries is that I'm wasting my A-levels if I don't go to university and that I'm not reaching my full potential. Although I also want to experience work and earn some money. If I end up going to a lower league university then I'm worried the degree will be wasted and will lead to bad job prospects in the future, as well as the financial repercussions. What's the best choice for someone in my position?
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I had the same dilemma and did an apprenticeship after A2. I've completed my apprenticeship but have since quit my job and am going uni in September. I regret not doing it 3 years ago but at least I got some savings and experience out of it.

A degree gives you more options than an apprenticeship. Admittedly this is just my experience but in my workplace I was working my arse off for decent money and had little to no career progression. Meanwhile a university graduate (from a crappy uni ranked about 85th) has gone straight into an office based position with a company car, training abroad, more money than me and lots of opportunities for career advancement. I know who had the better deal.

In my experience the only apprenticeships worth doing are the ones where you are guaranteed by your employers to do a HNC/HND. If you can get an apprenticeship where this is the case then go for it over uni if it's what you prefer. If your only going to get level 3 qualifications from an apprenticeship go uni.
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Wonder if anyone would be able to give me some advice here. Yesterday I got my A-level results which turned out to be better then I expected. A in History, B in Biology and a B in AS English Literature. I was very pleased with these results, especially considering the ADEU I got in year 12. The problem I have is that I only have the 2 full A-levels in History and Biology, yet I'm still considering going to university.

What I need advice on is whether its worth going to a lower league university with my A-levels or whether I should do an apprenticeship instead. I was leaning towards doing a degree in Biomedical science but with only 2 A-levels it rules out a lot of universities due to too few UCAS points. An option would be to do a foundation year and then the degree, as this would allow me to get into a good university. Is it worth it though, paying for 4 years of university on something I'm not 100% sure about?

One of my worries is that I'm wasting my A-levels if I don't go to university and that I'm not reaching my full potential. Although I also want to experience work and earn some money. If I end up going to a lower league university then I'm worried the degree will be wasted and will lead to bad job prospects in the future, as well as the financial repercussions. What's the best choice for someone in my position?
Id do an apprenticeship
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I had the same dilemma and did an apprenticeship after A2. I've completed my apprenticeship but have since quit my job and am going uni in September. I regret not doing it 3 years ago but at least I got some savings and experience out of it.

A degree gives you more options than an apprenticeship. Admittedly this is just my experience but in my workplace I was working my arse off for decent money and had little to no career progression. Meanwhile a university graduate (from a crappy uni ranked about 85th) has gone straight into an office based position with a company car, training abroad, more money than me and lots of opportunities for career advancement. I know who had the better deal.

In my experience the only apprenticeships worth doing are the ones where you are guaranteed by your employers to do a HNC/HND. If you can get an apprenticeship where this is the case then go for it over uni if it's what you prefer. If your only going to get level 3 qualifications from an apprenticeship go uni.
Thanks for your reply! What and where are you going to study this September?
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Thanks for your reply! What and where are you going to study this September?
Mechanical engineering at Oxford Brookes.
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Mechanical engineering at Oxford Brookes.
Nice, congratulations! I take it your apprenticeship was engineering orientated then?
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