The Occupational Gateway

For some students, the traditional A level route to University is not the best option. For them, a more rounded package of A levels, BTECs and work experience might be the better option. This route might still lead to a degree but, equally, might result in the student finding their way into an occupational apprenticeship scheme or the world of work.

See the video below, or watch it on Youtube at Occupational Candidate Video

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This route may also suit students on our HFA Scheme. Those very able students who have a very clear desire to focus on one area of study and to, eventually, find a career in that industry. Areas of expertise may well be in the STEM subjects moving on to careers in Coding, Technology, GCHQ etc.

Many apprenticeship programmes are as keenly competitive as top quality degree courses. The best companies are looking to offer opportunities for school leavers to get qualified whilst earning a salary – not a bad option when most graduates leave university with lots of debt and difficult job prospects.

As Rolls Royce say on their apprenticeships website, ” As well as a competitive salary, our apprenticeships offer the chance to study for fully sponsored qualifications. So whether you join us straight from school, college or the world of work, there’s no need to rack up any student debt.

Many of our current leaders started their career with Rolls-Royce on one of our apprenticeship programmes. Whatever your route in, and whatever your background, you’ll be seen as a potential future leader too.

From 2022, students taking our Occupational Gateway will be able to study within the International Baccalaureate Career pathway. This will allow them to take a mixture of Diploma subjects, BTECS, work experience and projects that can lead to university or straight into the world of work.

Our Bespoke Tutoring system and the use of Industry Mentors will ensure that the students make rapid and effective progress towards their targets. The work will be challenging, fun and lead to a really worthwhile and satisfying conclusion.

How to Apply

In the first instance, please contact the marketing and admissions team by email admissions@bedstone.org or by telephone on 0044 1547 530961. The admissions office is open throughout the year and there is no cut-off date for applications. You should allow three months before your start time as visa applications can take this long to process.