Apprenticeship vs. university
The end of school is an important decision time in your life.
If you’re asking yourself 'What should I do after A levels?' or 'What should I do after school?', don’t assume that you must go to university to launch a successful and rewarding career in finance.
Gets skills and experience right away
As an accounting apprentice, you’ll be gaining skills and experience earlier. You get to make an immediate impact in your job and demonstrate the value you bring to an employer.
Avoid debt, make money
With an apprenticeship, you’ll be earning money and avoiding building up the debt that can come with studying at university.
A recent report by the Sutton Trust, an education charity that focuses on improving social mobility, showed that high-quality apprenticeships lead to lifetime earnings comparable with those achieved by graduates.
Apprenticeship vs university comparison
For a comparison of the pros and cons of an apprenticeship versus university route to becoming an ACCA member, download our infographic (.png format, 93KB)
Free to you
|c.GBP9k per year (England/Wales only) plus living expenses
Ave. GBP50k debt on graduation (cGBP5.8k of which will be interest)
12 months minimum
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Earn while you learn
Part-time work on-top of study to fund lifestyle
On-the-job work experience: practical and transferable skills
Little or no work experience
Degree pathways available
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Start building your professional network
Social life, sports and activities and new connections
ACCA Apprenticeship is a respected professional award and includes a Diploma qualification
Recognised degree with access to graduate schemes
Five years to become a fully chartered certified accountant
Six years to become a full certified chartered accountant