Working and learning, including to university level

Combining work and a degree

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You might think that the only way to get a degree is to study full-time but over 30% of current degree level students’ study part-time.

There are also more and more opportunities to study towards a higher-level course, as you work.

Courses offering higher education alongside work

Money for study alongside work

There are an increasing amount of opportunities to get paid while you study for a degree through:

Also, many employers offer other training opportunities and courses related to specific job roles, such as BTECs, NVQs, etc. Some of these opportunities could be at Level 4 or higher (Level 4 is equivalent to the first year of a university degree).

If you do have to fund your higher education level study while you work

The great news is that, if you want to study a higher education level course part-time, you will not have to pay for tuition fees upfront. Providing you are studying at least 25% of a full-time course, you will be able to access government subsidised loans to cover you tuition fees. Find out more here.

It is perfectly possible to combine study and work. It demands hard work and commitment, but the opportunities can be many and varied and the rewards high.


Read Autumn's case study to see why see chose to do her degree with the Open University

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