Routes into Higher Education

University and other Higher Education institutions

Start is a timeline resource for applying to university and other routes, e.g. degree/higher apprenticeships.

All about School Leavers
All about school leavers is a website providing information and resources on the various school leaver pathways available. This includes guidance on apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, sponsored degrees, Further Education College, university, and work.


Intermediate apprenticeships: Level 2 and equivalent to five GCSE passes.

Advanced apprenticeships: Level 3 and equivalent to two A-level passes.

Higher apprenticeships: Levels 4 – 7 and equivalent to a Higher education certificate/degree, foundation degree, bachelor’s degree or masters.

Degree apprenticeships: Level 6 or Level 7 and equivalent to a full bachelor’s degree or master’s qualification.

Government Apprenticeships Website
A Government Apprenticeship website which includes general information on apprenticeships including how to find them.

Prospects – Apprenticeships
Prospects provides information on what an apprenticeship is and how an apprenticeship works including higher and degree apprenticeships.

UCAS: Degree Apprenticeships
UCAS webpage with information about degree apprenticeships and what is currently available.

Rate my Apprenticeship
Rate my Apprenticeships provides information and advice on apprenticeships, jobs, reviews and careers for School and College leavers.

Amazing Apprenticeships
Amazing Apprenticeships provides help for educators, employers and students to navigate the fast-changing world of apprenticeships.

Foundation years

Foundation Years Explained
Foundation Years Explained is a student friendly guide providing an overview of Foundation Year courses with explanations on entry requirements, fees and where to find further information on such courses.

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