Degree apprenticeships

Apprenticeships - Information for students and employees

Study for a degree and gain valuable experience without leaving your job or paying any fees.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are a great way to learn. You get practical, hands-on experience and split your time between university and work.

New apprenticeships are suitable for school leavers looking for alternative routes towards a degree, as well as employees looking to progress in their careers.

Depending on the level you choose, you're awarded a higher, foundation, bachelor's or master's degree while earning a wage and getting on-the-job experience.

How apprenticeships work

Apprenticeship courses are developed collaboratively by employers, universities and professional bodies to help employees develop their skills.

Apprentices spend part of their time in the workplace, gaining hands-on knowledge and contributing to the company. The remaining time is dedicated to studying, through study days at university or independent study.

There are two qualifications for apprenticeships: an academic qualification and the apprenticeship. Once you complete the academic qualification, you complete an end-point assessment to receive the apprenticeship.

How you study

Study days involve a range of learning activities. This might include lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, student-led workshops or presentations.

You'll gain the technical knowledge to meet the academic requirements of your apprenticeship and discover how this is relevant to your workplace.

What are the benefits?

  • Gain a degree without paying any fees.
  • Continue to earn and avoid student debt.
  • Make a difference through your technical knowledge.
  • Build the experience to progress your career.

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