What is an apprenticeship?

Take the first step on an exciting new alternative route to a degree and a rewarding career within your chosen industry. Completing a higher or degree apprenticeship enables you to develop industry-specific work experience ahead of your full-time University peers. All whilst gaining a matching qualification, earning a full time salary, and having no tuition fees to pay back.

Is a higher and degree apprenticeship for me?

A higher or degree apprenticeship may be for you if you are:

  • 16 or older
  • a school leaver looking for an alternative route to University
  • an existing employee wanting to progress in your organisation
  • an individual seeking a career change.

Benefits of Degree Apprenticeships

There are many benefits to choosing a Degree Apprenticeship over a more tradition route into higher education. Choosing to work full time alongside your learning give you the capacity to earn while you learn and gain invaluable work experience that can help you get ahead of your undergraduate counterparts. As well as this, apprentices can develop lasting industry connections,  benefit from employee benefits such as company pension schemes and, because it's fully funded by an employer, leave with a university-level qualification and zero student debt.

Key facts about degree apprenticeships

  • Suitable for individuals aged 16 and over, not just school leavers.
  • No tuition fees.
  • Gain a foundation or full honours degree, or a Masters qualification.
  • Develop years of industry-specific work experience.
  • Earn a salary whilst being employed.
  • 20% of your working week will be allocated for the off-the-job training.

92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved - Gov.uk

How will I be taught?

Apprenticeships allow for flexible learning alongside your job. Examples of the 20% off-the-job element of the apprenticeship include things such as independent study, taught block sessions, workplace mentor meetings and online learning activities.

Our apprenticeships course pages provide more information on the way in which learning takes place.

Still need help?

Apprenticeships team
+44 (0)115 848 2589