Researching universities and your options instead of university

Researching universities or your options after college is hard work. Rest assured, whether you choose to attend university or not, you have plenty of options for life after college.

After studying with us, 95% of Activate Learning students will progress into higher-level learning or employment.

On completion of your studies, you may choose to undertake:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • A degree apprenticeship
  • A traditional apprenticeship
  • An internship
  • Other Higher Education options
  • A gap year

Researching universities – choosing your perfect degree or degree apprenticeship

UCAS undergraduate courses

You can use UCAS Search to search for and compare university undergraduate degrees in the UK.

At Activate Learning, we offer a range of Higher Education qualifications. These include HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees, PGCEs and BA and BSc Degree top-ups.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are a relatively new programme offered by select universities.

On a degree apprenticeship, you will combine paid work with studying at university part-time.

These programmes can take between three-six years to complete. You can learn more about degree apprenticeships via UCAS.

Location, location, location

Before choosing your universities, be sure to visit on their Open Days to get a feel for the area and your chosen programme.

Your options instead of university


Apprenticeships offer a great alternative to university! They do not incur university fee costs and allow you to earn while you learn. Learn more about apprenticeship programmes at Activate Apprenticeships.


Lots of companies offer students internships to gain skills on the job. Although competitive, these opportunities are widely available.

Other Higher Education options

There are plenty of other higher education options to boost your professional skills. Learn more about your higher education options.

Gap years

After studying, some people may choose to take a gap year before returning to study or work.

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