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Apprenticeship: £11,000 pa, tuition costs covered, at the end of five years you get a degree on 'Biological Science Technology' from Univesity of Kent

University: top Russell group universities like warwick, exeter, edinburgh, £9250 tuition costs, roughly £11,000 living costs, more hard work but the traditional route to a job

Which one should I do? I have weighed up the positives and negatives for both. If I do an apprenticeship it's going to take longer to get the degree and it will be 'Biological Science Technology' and it will be from Kent which is not that good but my degree and salary will be paid. University is shorter, more expensive and Russell group. Please help!!!!!
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11k a year for 5 years is 55k
What do you think ur degree from a Russel group would pay?

Let’s say 25k u come out of uni 2 years you will have 50k so 5k less but you would have had the uni experience

But you have 60k debt but since you earn 25k you won’t have to pay it yet.

Tbh it just depends on whether you think you will enjoy uni or apprenticeship more, and whether your progression after apprenticeship will earn you significantly more or less than progression after degree at uni
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Hi Celal2001. It all depends on your career aspirations. An apprenticeship from GSK sets you up for a lab job. However obviously scientific research is performed in academia in addition to the private sector. I would always say a science degree provides more opportunities to enter the private sector especially as you can do a year in Industry or continue with further studies for academia. Also I would just like to point out the timeframe, 5 years of apprenticeship. In 6 years you could have a degree and PhD completed. So basically imo, i think University can offer more opportunities but the apprenticeship is more specialised if you are dead set on that kind of lab work.
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Hi Celal2001. It all depends on your career aspirations. An apprenticeship from GSK sets you up for a lab job. However obviously scientific research is performed in academia in addition to the private sector. I would always say a science degree provides more opportunities to enter the private sector especially as you can do a year in Industry or continue with further studies for academia. Also I would just like to point out the timeframe, 5 years of apprenticeship. In 6 years you could have a degree and PhD completed. So basically imo, i think University can offer more opportunities but the apprenticeship is more specialised if you are dead set on that kind of lab work.
I’m keen on working in a lab but I feel like the title of the course “Biological Science Technology” sounds very ‘BTEC’ if you get what I mean. It doesn’t sound as prestigious as “Biological Sciences” from Warwick or Exeter. Also I’m on the track to get AAB-ABB and I feel as if the apprenticeship is for students less academically inclined since the entry requirement is a C. Another issue is that later on I might decide to turn to a different path in science. I also don’t think I’ll be highly regarded in a company like GSK where some of the smartest people are located since I’ll have a far inferior degree
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11k a year for 5 years is 55k
What do you think ur degree from a Russel group would pay?

Let’s say 25k u come out of uni 2 years you will have 50k so 5k less but you would have had the uni experience

But you have 60k debt but since you earn 25k you won’t have to pay it yet.

Tbh it just depends on whether you think you will enjoy uni or apprenticeship more, and whether your progression after apprenticeship will earn you significantly more or less than progression after degree at uni
I get what you’re saying but I’ll be stuck for a lifetime with a degree on “Biological Science Technology” from Kent. I’ll be doing a job I love but what if I change my mind? What will I do then? I don’t you can do anything with a “Biological Science Technology” degree other than lab work
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I get what you’re saying but I’ll be stuck for a lifetime with a degree on “Biological Science Technology” from Kent. I’ll be doing a job I love but what if I change my mind? What will I do then? I don’t you can do anything with a “Biological Science Technology” degree other than lab work
Then go to uni
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