“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” - Harry S. Truman

If you’re looking for ways to prepare ahead of applying for a Degree Apprenticeship at Pearson College London, take a look at the reading list below with some recommendations, all from our very own Degree Apprentices!

Our Degree Apprentices’ book recommendations

  1. Shoe Dog - by Phil Knight (recommended by Niamh Mulhall)
  2. That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea - by Marc Randolph (recommended by Phoebe Walker)
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - by Stephen Covey (recommended by Samuel Okusaga)
  4. Black Box Thinking - by Matthew Syed (recommended by Samuel Okusaga)
  5. The Ride of a Lifetime - by Robert Iger (recommended by Emma Devlin)
  6. The Beermat Entrepreneur by Chris West and Mike Southon (recommended by Emily Lawrence)

Podcast recommendations

If you’re more of an auditory learner however, there are some great videos and podcasts you may also want to take a look at:

  1. 3ShotsofTequila podcast available on Spotify - hosted by Marvin Abbey, Mr Exposed & Tazer Black (recommended by Samuel Okusaga)
  2. Chartered Management Institute (CMI) podcast available on SoundCloud (recommended by Emma Devlin)
  3. Entirely Accurate podcast available on Spotify - hosted by Byron, Haz and Anastasia (recommended by Samuel Okusaga)
  4. Apprentice Talks available on Spotify - hosted by Sam, Dexter, Niamh and Katie (recommended by Niamh Mulhall)

Transitioning to degree level study

The move to university studies can be tricky in terms of academic writing, critical thinking and study skills. Although the books mentioned above can help give you a flavour of the course, we have some recommendations to help in transitioning to degree level studies.

  1. The Study Skills Handbook - by Stella Cottrell
  2. Cite Them Right: the essential referencing guide - by Richard Pears and Graham Shield
  3. Writing for University - by Jeanne Godfrey