Level 7 degree apprenticeships – a story of challenge, resilience and success

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    This study explores the lived experience of both in-service and pre-service apprentices studying Level 7 apprenticeship programmes. Using qualitative questionnaires, this article facilitates a thematic analysis exploring how aspects such as: rationale for enrolment; study habits; prioritisation of workload; resilience and wellbeing, are experienced by educators studying either an Academic Professional Apprenticeship or a Senior Leaders Apprenticeship programme. Results demonstrate a mixed landscape is apparent for Level 7 apprentices, with tangible differences, both within and between groups, exhibited regarding reason for enrolment and study habits. The challenge around balancing work-life priorities and the encroachment of work commitments on study time (and vice versa) are a common theme for both cohorts, with those who have better established working patterns and relationships more resilient to the challenges of Level 7 apprenticeship study.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
    Publication statusAccepted for publication - 14 Nov 2023


    • Apprenticeships
    • Study Habits
    • Workload
    • Prioritisation
    • Resilience
    • Career Aspirations

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