Engineering apprenticeship or A levels

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Devin12345
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I would really like to study engineering at university and was thinking of doing maths, further maths, chemistry and physics a level but recently I’ve been told that apprenticeships are also as helpful when getting into university. I’m just curious which one is the best option for university and overall career wise. Thank you
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I took this route.

I started a level 4-6 degree apprenticeship in mechanical engineering with three others. I and another did a level 3 apprenticeship before this instead of A levels, and the other 2 did their A levels.

The initial difference was, doing a level 3 apprenticeship put us at a disadvantage with our math knowledge. Also, the companies we did our level 3 apprenticeship with didn’t offer a degree apprenticeship, so we had to apply and move companies.

However, we had prior engineering knowledge and were better suited to the work environment, as opposed to the two who did A levels who performed better at university.

Regardless, at the end of our 5 year degree apprenticeship, all 4 of us finished as equally competent engineers and are now employed with the company.

So the specific route you choose is up to what works best for you.

Hope this helps
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