Degree apprenticeships

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Degree apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelor’s degree (Level 6) or master's degree (Level 7) but without tuition fees.

Designed in partnership with employers, part-time study takes place at a university or college, with the rest of your time being with your employer.

Degree apprenticeships take between three and six years to complete depending on what level apprenticeship you are doing.

Degree apprenticeships are still quite a new scheme, so there are a limited number of vacancies. However, it is expected that the number of vacancies will increase over the next few years.

What are the benefits of degree apprenticeships?

  • Degree apprentices are employed and paid a wage throughout the course
  • Degree apprentices gain a full degree bachelor’s or master’s without needing to pay student fees
  • Degree apprentices will have relevant work experience in their chosen career
  • Training costs are co-funded by the government and the employer

How are degree apprenticeships different to sandwich degrees and work placements?

Degree apprenticeships are similar to sandwich degrees (spending a year in industry) and work placements but there are some important differences:

  • Degree apprentices are employed throughout their apprenticeship and do paid work from the moment they start
  • Degree apprentices are more likely to stay with their employer after completing their apprenticeship (Retention rates for apprentices can exceed 80%)
  • Employers are involved in developing new degrees so will have more influence over their apprentice’s degree and training programme

How do I start a degree apprenticeship?

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