Dropping out of uni despite being good at uni


I'm at a top 5 UK architecture university, starting 2nd year. I love it, love my tutors & they love my designs. I've been getting lots of As and prizes, in addition to securing a summer internship. While studying, I worked part-time (professionally unrelated) and will need to continue at an increasing amount of hours.

UK is introducing apprenticeships as an alternative to the university route (below). I've been thinking of transferring, which would mean less financial stress and fully focusing on architecture. The scheme is new - might be a risk, plus my accommodation and jobs for this academic year are set up, and it's not certain that I would be allowed to transfer.

What would you do? Anything you see that I don't see?


Aug 16, 18 3:58 pm
Non Sequitur

Don't know anything about the alternative path you speak of, but the one advantage of staying in university is that at the end... you at least have a degree.  Let's say in 10 years you have a change and want out, you don't even have any post-secondary credentials. Having a bachelors is currently the minimum standard everywhere.

There is an alternative self-guided path in Canada where I practice and my above point is what I keep reminding folks as they weigh their options.

Aug 16, 18 4:20 pm

Appreciate it, Non Sequitur! The apprenticeship route would too give me a degree (link3), perhaps a less prestigious one. I am rather certain of sticking to my career plans however, having done so for over half of my life now, haha.

Non Sequitur

Thanks for the clarification. I admit, I did not click on the 3rd link earlier.


No worries, that would be a lot to expect. Thank you for your perspective!


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Its a solid RIBA-reinforced plan.  If its less financial stress, I would definitely go for it.

Aug 17, 18 9:05 pm

Thank you for your point of view spacefragments!


A few thoughts.

I would wait a year and see where these go.  Currently only 2 Universities offer this - London South Bank and Northumbria in Newcastle


The £21,000 funding is for the employer - not the student salary.

By the time you finish your part 1 - the apprenticeships will be in full swing for part 2 - do it then -

Aug 18, 18 12:00 pm

Thank you TED - good to hear from you and I admire the whole of your contribution to the forum.


Sorry, my comment has been cut.

I wanted to add that it is only London South Bank this year (Northumbria starts in 2019), which I think reinforces further your point.

In case anyone wanted to know, I believe the funding is to cover the university fee and employers are required to partly contribute on top of that. They determine the salary (the apprenticeship wage starts at £3.70 hourly).

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