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Developing our Degree Apprenticeships Articles

We are expanding our current portfolio of Degree Apprenticeships as part of the Government Apprenticeship initiative. With funding from HEFCE we will develop Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in:

  • Nursing and Teaching,
  • Computing, Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry,
  • Built Environment and Computing,
  • Business Management and Business Studies.

Specifically we are concentrating on developing the following degrees which can be mapped to an apprenticeship standard:

Programmes currently being delivered, since September 2016
BSc (Hons) Digital Technology Solutions
BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science (Laboratory Scientist) 
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry (Laboratory Scientist) 
HNC in Chemistry (Laboratory Technician)
Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care - Assistant Practitioner (Health) standard


Programmes in development, expected start date September 2017 (unless stated)
BSc (Hons) Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development
BSc (Hons) Manufacturing Engineer
BSc (Hons) Product Design and Development Engineer
BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor
Chartered Management Degree Apprentice (January 2018)
Foundation degree Nursing Associate (May 2017)

Additionally, we are exploring: 

  • MA Education,
  • MSc Advanced Practice,
  • Digital Solutions in Public Services,
  • Civil Engineering
  • Military Engineering
  • BSc Quantity Surveying
  • BSc Construction Site Management
  • Level 7 Leadership and Management provision

These new Degree Apprenticeships offer a new debt free route for future students to obtain a degree qualification and gain practical training while employed as apprentices, and will enhance our proven track record of providing employer-led professional courses.

Managing this change across the university

Professor Javier Bonet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) is chairing a Steering Group, comprised of strategic leads from across the university, and includes Faculty Operating Officers and Directors of Professional Services.

Paul Butler and Christine Couper chair an Operational Group which is leading the operational response to this change, including programme development, marketing, employer relations and a systems and process review.

As part of this we will hold events with employers and other stakeholders to explore what they envisage in an apprenticeship programme and if there are other areas we should be exploring.


In July 2015 the government announced plans to introduce a new UK-wide levy on large employers to fund apprenticeships.  This starts in April 2017 and means employers with salary bills of more than £3 million will pay the levy. Employers with smaller salary bills will be able to draw down funding for apprenticeship training, and employers with less than fifty staff may receive a £1,500 apprenticeship grant.  

For more information see the website for further information on apprenticeships.

If you have any questions or want further information on Degree Apprenticeships, please speak to your faculty representative, or email

  • Business: Peter Taylor
  • FEH: Caroline Marshall
  • ACH: Lee Devlin
  • FES: Geoff Anderson.