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Apprenticeships and school leaver schemes

There are hundreds of apprenticeships available within 10 miles of Cotham School, including several at Higher or Degree level.  Find our what they are here is the UK's leading website showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university e.g. apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs. Many large national and international employers advertise their opportunities on this site.


Here's an easy way to explore local apprenticeships and filter them by level:

You can explore them by sector here:

Here are some excellent apprenticeship opportunities that are open at present:

There are a lot of great apprenticeship opportunities around at the moment with top companies. Check closing dates for application as some close in January, although not starting until Sept. 2019:

LAW:  RPC Bristol are offering paralegal apprenticeships with the potential to qualify as a solicitor over time.  Click here.  

ECONOMICS:  The Government Economic Service is offering a degree apprenticeship which enables students to get a full economics degree over four years with tuition fees paid and a minimum salary of £20,000pa. More info here and application link here.   Some are based in Bristol and students don't have to be studying A-Level Economics to apply.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:  These top business services firms offer various work experience opportunities, supported degrees and/or apprenticeships leading to professional qualifications:

PwC: Work experience (Y12) opps. and Flying Start Degree programmes:  

EY: Business apprenticeships:

Deloitte: BrightStart higher apprenticeships:  

SCIENCE:  A rare opportunity for scientific apprenticeships with GSK (= GlaxoSmithKline - a global pharmaceutical company). See here for more info and apply here

COMPUTING & IT:  IBM have a gap year Futures Scheme as well as a range of apprenticeships


Renishaws (in Gloucestershire): engineering & IT apprenticeships

Airbus: engineering, finance, business, digital & technical apprenticeships, some at degree level

Rolls Royce: a variety of apprenticeships

GKN Aerospace

Wessex Water: a range of technical apprenticeships, some at a higher level

Atkins:  a civil engineering company with a range of apprenticeships, incl. digital:


Business & Management degree apprenticeships with Morrison's is a good site for school leaver opportunities, including current apprenticeships and school leaver programmes, the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help you get where you want to go.


Other Useful Information and Links


Which? University has a useful Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships which can be downloaded from here:


TARGETcareers has created a new guide to help parents support their children in future career decisions, in particular, those wanting to explore apprenticeships in finance, business, engineering and IT.  It can be viewed here: Paths to Professional Careers – a Parent’s Guide 

Levels of Apprenticeships



Equivalent educational level






A level


4, 5, 6 

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Top tip: Many lower graded apprenticeships are actually a stepping stone to a much higher career level. Many companies offer successful applicants the chance to progress through to Level 4 (Higher) apprenticeships and beyond, into management.