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Degree Apprenticeships FAQs

What is an apprenticeship?

  • Get relevant industry experience in a paid environment
  • Gain a recognised qualification
  • Earn a wage

You don’t have to pay any tuition fees – your employer and the government pays for them.

How does it work?

Apprenticeships are delivered to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to become a capable and confident professional in their chosen field. There are three parts to an apprenticeship:

  • A programme of study
  • A paid job
  • An assessment at the end of the programme

Programme of study:

As an apprentice you will spend at least 20% of your contracted work hours participating in Off the Job training. This will be new learning to help you gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours included in the apprenticeship standard (e.g. attending face-to-face lectures, carrying out workplace projects and mentoring).

A paid job:

You’ll spend the remaining 80% of your time working for your employer in a genuine, salaried job. This will be closely linked to the programme you are studying and during your employment you will have the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice.

An assessment at the end of the programme:

All apprenticeships have an End Point Assessment, although this is delivered in different ways depending on the programme you are studying. In some cases this is integrated, meaning that completion of the degree itself is the End Point Assessment. Others are separate, where an independent organisation will assess your competence against the apprenticeship standard.

 

What are the benefits of degree apprenticeships?

  • Apprentices are employed and paid a wage throughout the course.
  • Apprentices will gain a full degree — bachelor's or master's — without needing to pay student fees.
  • Apprentices will gain a head start in their chosen profession.
  • It will allow apprentices to acquire the graduate/postgraduate level skills they need.
  • Training costs are co-funded by the government and the employer.

Can you do an apprenticeship after a degree?

Yes! Many graduates now are seeing the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship after their degree. As long as your previous degree isn’t the same subject area as the degree apprenticeship you want to study, graduates are more than welcome to start a new course.

 

Will I be paid a salary?

Yes, your salary will depend on your employer.

Is a degree apprenticeship the right choice for me?

If you already have a clear idea of the career you want to pursue, and you want to take a practical approach to your studies, then a Degree Apprenticeship is the right choice. It isn’t a free degree and you will have to balance your work with study and other commitments. However, it could be the opportunity you need to reach your full potential. You will learn at a top-class academic institution whilst gaining all the skills you need to thrive in the workplace.

Who is eligible to do a degree apprentice?

In general, if you are over 16 and live in England then you may well be eligible to do a Degree Apprenticeship. Citizens of EEA countries or non-EEA citizens legally resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship (NOT for educational purposes), may also be eligible.

What do I do when I’ve finished?

It is up to you and your employer what you do when you have finished your apprenticeship. We hope there will be an opportunity for you to stay on at the same company, either as an employee in a relevant role, or progress to the next level of apprenticeship. In some instances this is not possible but you will now be a highly skilled and well qualified graduate, ready to move onto a new organisation. Alternatively, you may decide to apply for university for further study.

What qualification will I gain?

During your programme you will be working towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard. Many apprenticeships are accredited by relevant industry regulatory bodies and will help further you in your chosen career. Degree Apprenticeships also include a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree, for example a BA, BSc, BEng, MA, MSc or MEng. For those learners who do not already hold a Level 2 English and/or Maths qualification additional support will be provided to enable you to achieve this during your programme.