James thinks his higher apprenticeship is a great route to uni.

Yes, you can - James Taylor

James Taylor chose to study a higher level apprenticeship as a route to university level study because he wanted to get vital experience at the same time as learning the theory behind engineering. He thinks he has found the perfect combination.

He told us:

"I am really pleased with how things have worked out with my apprenticeship. After my A levels I started working at Accrofab as a higher level apprentice, studying for my level 3 NVQ Fabrication and Welding at the same time as studying for my HNC. I am now doing a HND and I will be topping that up to a degree, starting later this year."

"Choosing an apprenticeship has given me the experience and the qualifications I need. I have been able to improve my practical abilities as well as learn the theory behind it because of the things I am getting involved in on a day to day basis. I feel like I already have lots of responsibility in my role, which is great."

"Management roles are definitely where I see myself at the end of my studies. I don’t think I would be able to get there as quickly without the work experience side of my apprenticeship. My confidence has grown massively since I started. There are hidden benefits to an apprenticeship; I have met all kinds of people and learnt from a variety of situations that I know will be really worthwhile as I develop my career."

Find out more about higher apprenticeships here.