Higher Level or Apprenticeship Study

There’s no doubt that A-Level and Vocational results day is a big day in the life of any young person.

Each year, the day begins with feelings of nervousness or excitement and can swiftly turn into jubilation or, in some cases, disappointment.

Whether you’ve done better or worse than expected, we’d like to make sure that you have considered all the possibilities available to you before you make your next decision.

Increasingly more and more young people are choosing an Apprenticeship as an alternative to University or, in other cases, are gaining their higher level qualifications locally.

If you’ve not fully made your mind up on your next step, or would like to seek advice, hopefully the below information will help you to make an informed decision.

Applying for Higher EducationHigher Education at Preston’s College

Preston’s College work in partnership with the University of Derby and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), and together we will meet your learning requirements through the delivery of high quality, applied and industry-led learning programmes on our Higher Education provision.

Just some of the reasons you should consider us

  • Small class sizes which results in great support and high levels of achievement
  • Opportunities to explore your industry through employer input and project working
  • Access to innovative and industry standard learning resources
  • Knowledgeable, inspiring and highly skilled tutors with extensive industry experience
  • Exceptional value-for-money with competitive tuition fees, free car parking and access to other on-campus benefits through discounted rates.

Did you know?

  • 97% of learners agreed that the course gave them opportunities to apply their learning
  • 97% of our HE learners strongly agreed that the course provided them with opportunities to explore ideas and concepts in depth
  • 95% of HE learners say their course helps them develop professional employability skills

Check out a full range of our Higher Education programmes.


Apprenticeships are becoming a popular alternative to traditional university study for young people across Lancashire.

After leaving college, an apprenticeship can provide the unique opportunity to gain a wealth of on-the-job experience that otherwise wouldn’t be gained in the classroom, as well as a salary and industry recognised qualifications to match.

That said, there is still a common misconception that learners who do not get the grades to get into their chosen university have an apprenticeship to fall back on. This isn’t the case. Employers are on the lookout for young people with a good aptitude for learning as well as sought after behaviours including attitude, ambition and a desire to succeed.

It’s the £100,000 question. Would you rather gain up to £50,000 debt going to University over the duration of a degree programme, when you could be gaining up to £50,000 and still gaining the qualification necessary for your future employment?

You can learn more about an Apprenticeship by watching this short video below:

Check out our range of current Apprenticeship Vacancies or learn more about Apprenticeships

Dates for your diary

Adult & Higher Education Advice Event 

  • Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 1pm – 8pm

Main Enrolment 

  • Thursday 23rd August, 9.30am – 5pm
  •  Friday 24th August, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 28th August, 9am – 8pm

More Information

  • For more information on any of our programmes, contact our Advice Centre on 01772 22 55 22 or email info@preston.ac.uk.