Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

Higher Apprentices are already able to study to degree level as part of their apprenticeship but Degree Apprenticeships will go further.

Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some universities. Students can achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship.

Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer. This can be on a day-to-day basis or in blocks of time, depending on the programme and requirements of the employer.

They can take between three to six years to complete, depending on the course level. 

Degree Apprenticeships are designed by employers and universities to make sure they develop skills that industry is looking for.

A degree with no fees!

The cost of course fees will be shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full bachelors or even masters degree without paying any fees.

See below for the courses that are currently being developed in the South of England area.

Who are they for?

As well as being suitable for school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, the new qualifications are suitable for existing  employees looking to progress in their career.

What sectors offer Degree Apprenticeships?

The degree apprenticeships currently available are listed below. Click to go to the list of approved apprenticeship standards which explains what is involved. 

But.. even if there is a Degree Apprenticeship that is approved, you still need to find a vacancy.

Search for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship vacancy


Look at the Higher and Degree Vacancy Listing March 2019

The Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Listing showcases thousands of vacancies from over 40 employers starting in 2019. You can apply for many of these apprenticeships and a place at university at the same time.

You can also go to Find an apprenticeship on the gov.uk site and look for vacancies by level (Degree Apprenticieships are Level 4-6)

If you are interested in working for a particular employer, take a look on their website to see what they offer.

Degree Apprenticeships offered at universities in the South of England

Many institutions in the local area are working with businesses to develop Degree Apprenticeships. Here are some examples of the courses available, please check with the provider as there are more being developed all the time and also check whether these are being offered to young people or people already in a job.

Buckinghamshire New University

University of Exeter

University of Gloucestershire

Oxford Brookes University

University of Plymouth 

University of Portsmouth 

Southampton Solent University

University of the West of England 

The Open University 

The University of Winchester

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