There are plenty of job opportunities which don't require a university degree.
According to magazine Future-Mag, over half (54 per cent) of graduates say they would think again about choosing university as a path to a job.
So whether you’re reconsidering uni after results day, or simply looking for an alternative option to a degree, these are 11 paths you could choose without the need for higher education.
The government has just announced a huge investment in nursing to allow healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 new nursing apprentices every year. You’ll earn a salary while tuition costs are paid, and at the end of the four-year apprenticeship you’ll be able to qualify as a nurse. Pay averages between £24,907 and £37,890.
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As an air traffic controller, you’ll keep some of the busiest airspaces in the world moving. For this job, you have to be over 18 with a good level of mental and physical fitness. There are also some GCSE requirements.
Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters. You can now become a solicitor through an apprenticeship scheme approved in 2015. You’ll need good A Levels and have to pass some tough exams. Salaries range from £25,000 to £100,000.
This one is a little more tricky to get into, but very rewarding - as a VFX you’ll produce visual effects for commercials, TV and even films. You can do a short course at London’s MetFilm School or try an apprenticeship at Next Gen. Once qualified, pay ranges from £18,000 to £50,000.
In this role, you’ll investigate and thwart cyber crime - a growing criminal enterprise. Cyber security higher apprenticeships (level 4) are offered by major infrastructure and energy companies and the security services. Pay ranges from £20,000 to £60,000.
To become an Estate Agent, you may be able to start on an intermediate apprenticeship as a junior estate agent, or as a trainee sales negotiator - learning on the job. Many Estate Agents work on commission, and salary ranges between £15,000 to £40,000.
Policing is another profession which the government are very keen to recruit in. There’s no formal education requirement for direct application, but you’ll have to be physically and mentally fit. For apprenticeships there are some educational requirements. Pay ranges between £20,000 and £60,000.
As a PR Officer, you’ll help to manage an organisation’s public image and reputation. There’s no set entry route, but you can do a public relations assistant higher apprenticeship to get started. There is an educational requirement and pay ranges between £18,000 and £90,000.
Youth workers help young people to develop socially and personally through local services and other organisations. You can enter this line of work as a volunteer, paid worker or qualify via a youth work apprenticeship scheme. Pay ranges from £23,250 to £37,500.
To become an army officer, You’ll have to take aptitude and ability tests, pass a fitness test and interview before a more rigorous assessment to see if you’re capable mentally and physically. There are also some educational requirements, and pay ranges from £27,273 to £42,009.