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Degree Apprenticeships vs Uni for engineering

I'm in year 12 studying music, physics and maths. I'm interested in computer science and electronics, having done numerous information-oriented projects myself including Raspberry Pi projects, building my PC, experimenting with binary control in Minecraft, and a bit of coding.

I was thinking about taking a course in Electronic/Information engineering, such as the one at Imperial, because I'd really like to study in London (I live in Leeds). However I've heard that for this field it's much better to do an Apprenticeship because of the work experience. I met a bloke who said he did a similar course to me and just ended up doing project management.

So I'm wondering if it would be feasible to take the uni route, or if I should consider apprenticeships. Looking for decent career prospects as a post grad too, and what uni might have to offer to help out with that.

thanks
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if theres a degree apprenticeship option (for any given course) available it'll be the better long term choice imo because not only do you get 3 yrs of proper work experience on top of your degree, your employer will pay your tuition fees so you don't have any student loan to pay back.

going to uni doesnt really have any inherent advantage for post grad prospects tbh since at the end of the day you get the same degree irrespective of which route you go down - plus (to my knowledge) if you do a degree apprenticeship the standard post-uni degree options are equally viable for you (graduate schemes, specialisation/conversion masters, etc)
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Apprenticeships are a great option and will direct you to a career route with a lot more working experience. As you said, some people do a uni degree and then go on completely different career paths. Apprenticeships are competitive, but can be a great option. Unfortunately there aren't as many apprenticeship "open days" to learn about where you are working but have a look round, you can apply to as many apprenticeships as you want, unlike UCAS there are no restrictions. Hope this helps and good luck with the applications : )
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If you can get a good employer, it’s a far better option. I did a 5 year degree apprenticeship in engineering, based in Leeds.
I didn’t do A levels but the employer trained me to the point I was publishing research by third year.

Uni undergraduate isn’t great. The equipment is poor or reserved for post grad / PhD work, and the software is usually restricted to student versions. As an apprentice you’d get access to work equipment and software which isn’t limited. The uni would ask us to do computational modelling and simulation with restricted node limits that wouldn’t even let you get a reliable result, or would restrict the assignment to an extremely simple task.

For the whole student life, all the universities in Leeds share 1 student union. You can join as a guest and basically get the same experience joining societies. That’s what I did and I had arguably a better social life than full timers since I wasn’t as restricted with budget.
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Original post by Chris2892
If you can get a good employer, it’s a far better option. I did a 5 year degree apprenticeship in engineering, based in Leeds.
I didn’t do A levels but the employer trained me to the point I was publishing research by third year.
Uni undergraduate isn’t great. The equipment is poor or reserved for post grad / PhD work, and the software is usually restricted to student versions. As an apprentice you’d get access to work equipment and software which isn’t limited. The uni would ask us to do computational modelling and simulation with restricted node limits that wouldn’t even let you get a reliable result, or would restrict the assignment to an extremely simple task.
For the whole student life, all the universities in Leeds share 1 student union. You can join as a guest and basically get the same experience joining societies. That’s what I did and I had arguably a better social life than full timers since I wasn’t as restricted with budget.


Do you know where I could find an employer for civil engineering?

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