Information for prospective apprentices and employees Degree apprenticeships

As an Apprentice you will split your time between university study and the workplace but will be employed throughout. Depending on the level of the apprenticeship, you will get a higher, foundation, full bachelor's or master's degree while earning a wage, combined with effective on-the-job experience.

How they work

Apprenticeship programmes have been developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership. They offer students the opportunity to achieve a higher, foundation, full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. Students will receive a full-time wage from their employer throughout the programme so don't require a student loan.

Degree Apprenticeships are a work-based learning option to gain a Degree. As a Degree Apprentice 80% of your programme is based in the workplace doing the role you are training for. The other 20% is designated to learning, whether that is day release to university, remote learning or independent study.

Upon completion of your Degree Apprenticeship you will receive a full academic qualification, have no student loan debt, have valuable skills and behaviours in the workplace and an apprenticeship qualification. Apprenticeships last slightly longer than the traditional degree programme typically following a 3-5 year programme.

The benefits

Employers know that Apprenticeships bring unique skills and a fresh, innovative approach to the workplace. By employing a degree apprentice they benefit by matching the skills of employees to their needs. This helps with upskilling existing staff, improving productivity and attracting the best candidates from local areas. It also helps to create a talent pipeline across the organisation, improving the company image, reducing staff turnover and increasing diversity.

The cost of course fees are shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can obtain a full degree without paying any fees. Apprentices have the benefits of earning while they work, becoming trained in the skills employers need. They enjoy excellent career progression opportunities and benefit from increased future earning potential. They also become more confident, have an improved network with peers and learn key skills. 

As well as being suitable for school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, the new qualifications strengthen vocational pathways and aim to help existing employees' upskill to progress in their career and education.

According to a recent study, apprentices earn on average £100,000 more than university students because they start their working life earlier and do not have a student loan to repay.

Available Degree Apprenticeships

The University of Greenwich are able to offer programmes in the following areas:

Engineering and Science

Healthcare

  • HNC Nursing  Associate Apprenticeship
  • BSc H Adult Nursing DA
  • BSc H Children's Nursing DA
  • BSc H Learning Disabilities Nursing DA
  • BSc H Mental Health Nursing DA
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practioner
  • BSc H Midwifery DA

Construction

  • BSc H Quantity Surveying DA

Teaching

  • Postgrad Credit QTS only (Teacher Apprenticeship)

End point assessment

To successfully complete a Degree Apprenticeship, the apprentice has to pass two levels of assessment – examinations as part of the usual University assessment process pertaining to the registered degree, and an end-point-assessment (EPA) which assesses the wider skills and behaviours acquired in the workplace once the academic element has finished. In some cases, the EPA is "integrated" into the degree programme, where the final assessment is made as part of the degree itself. The Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan will specify which assessment protocol is attached to the particular degree. 

Non- Integrated EPA

For non-integrated apprenticeships, the training provider (e.g. University) is not the end-point assessor for the apprenticeship. Rather, that role is filled by a third party assessor, and such organisations must apply for- and be approved to carry out an EPA. Organisations that have been approved may be found on the register of end-point assessment organisations.


At the outset of the apprenticeship, the employer must choose an organisation listed on the register for the particular apprenticeship standard relevant to the apprentice.

Integrated EPA

In the case of an integrated EPA, the end-point-assessment for the apprenticeship coincides with the completion of the degree programme. The EPA is assessed as part of the final examination, a work-based project or dissertation.

How to apply

The University of Greenwich will publish vacancies whenever an employer makes a position available with the university. Each employer will have their own recruitment process which applicants will have to apply directly through.

See a list of our vacancies

You can also visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship, where you will be able to search all companies, disciplines and levels of apprenticeship that are currently available.

If you are an employee looking to upskill and take on a new challenge, please discuss the courses available with your employer and get them to contact us at apprenticeships@gre.ac.uk