School Leaver Programme School Leaver Programme

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So, you’re leaving college and working out your options?

There’s a lot of pressure for college students to go to university or jump headfirst into a full-time job – even if you have no idea what you want to do.

University can be a fun experience, but it’s not for everyone – and that’s ok. Here at Merlin we want to provide opportunities for school leavers to earn a decent wage whilst also gaining valuable qualifications.

That’s why we’ve launched our School Leaver Programme, offering school leavers the opportunity to gain a degree level apprenticeship qualification while also being able to earn money and develop their career with us here at Merlin.

The School Leaver Programme lasts 3.5 years and at the end of it you'll have a Bsc (Hons) in Leadership and Business Management​ from the University of Aston.


What you need to have...

You'll have / be working towards 3 x A-Levels (BCC or higher)

Minimum of English & Maths at Grade 4 or GCSE C

Enjoy working in a team

Desire to progress into a management career

Passion for Customer Service

You must be living in the UK (you must have been in the UK for 3 years)

Course Details

This is a level Degree apprenticeship in Chartered Management. You will be working at one of our attractions whilst studying for your qualification using both remote learning and 2 days learning based at Aston University every term.


The three and a half year course is split over three stages and cover the following topics:

Stage one

  • Financial management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management

Stage two

  • Operations management
  • Leadership and change management
  • Excellence in business project management

Final stage

  • Your choice of two optional modules
  • Final project

Learning and teaching

Apprenticeships are structured differently to a traditional degree. You'll spend the majority of your time at the attraction doing a real full-time job as well as studying for your degree part-time. Your learning will be made up of a combination of online seminars that take place outside of office hours as well as occasional sessions on campus where you can meet face-to-face with your peers and our academics.

Study time is structured to fit around your job with us, and as your employer we're committed to ensure your work and study commitments work hand-in-hand.

To Apply: 

1) Please make sure your CV is up to date.

2) Please make sure you know your predicated A-Level Grades