Degree Apprenticeships

A degree apprenticeship enables you to gain a full undergraduate or master’s degree while you work. Degree apprenticeships take three to six years to complete, depending on the course level. You’ll spend most of your time working and you’ll also study part-time at university. For example, you might go to university one or two days per week, or in short blocks, such as a week at a time. Overall, you spend about 20% of your time studying vs. 80% of your time working.

What are the benefits of Degree Apprenticeships?

  • You’ll get real-life experience working alongside your degree.
  • Your degree is fully paid for, so there’s no cost to you.
  • You’ll get paid a salary just like a normal employee.

Higher Level Apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain Level 4 qualifications or above, with most apprentices gaining an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Some offer the opportunity to progress to Level 7 (which is postgraduate degree level).

What are the benefits of Higher Apprenticeships?

  • Apprentices are employed and paid a wage throughout the course.
  • Apprentices will gain a head start in their chosen profession.
  • Training costs are co-funded by the government and the employer.

Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2023

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2023 is the national league table that recognises England’s leading apprenticeship employers for their overall commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their new apprentices, and the progression of their apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment. The annual rankings have been developed by the Department for Education, in partnership with High Fliers Research.

Support for Parents and Carers

If as a parent / carer you need guidance on how you can support your student on their apprenticeship journey, click on the following link for more information:

National Apprenticeship Show

The number of students seeking alternatives to university at the end of Year 13 is growing each year, with many being interested in securing an apprenticeship. We take our Year 13 students to the National Apprenticeship Show, the perfect opportunity to discover more about apprenticeships.

The National Apprenticeship Show showcases all levels of apprenticeships, including Higher and Degree, and offers our students the opportunity to engage with the region’s top employers, colleges, universities, and training providers in a face-to-face, interactive environment.

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