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Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships are a way of combining working with studying. During a typical apprenticeship a student would work for a company but also go to university or college to study a related subject.

Degree Apprenticeships are a type of higher apprenticeship which can lead to a full undergraduate degree. A degree apprenticeship is suitable for college leavers as an alternative route to gain a degree and for existing apprentices looking to progress in their career.

Key features

  • Students must be over 16 years old
  • Entry requirements vary, students may need up to five GCSEs at grade A* to C, including English and Maths
  • An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status, and receives at least an apprentice's minimum wage
  • Students must show they have the ability to complete the programme - the demands of the apprenticeship will vary across training providers, employers and job roles
  • Degree apprenticeships combine university study and workplace learning to enable apprentices to gain a full bachelor's or master's degree
  • Degree apprenticeships are co-designed by employers ensuring that apprentices are equipped with the skills employers need.

An apprenticeship usually takes between 1 and 4 years to complete. They're made up of three parts - all completed on-the-job, online or in a classroom.

Degree apprentices are in employment throughout the duration of their study, splitting their time between university study and the workplace. Apprentices will gain a full bachelor's or master's degree from a top university while simultaneously earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

The degree, as a primary part of the apprenticeship, is designed in partnership with employers to make sure it covers the relevant skills and knowledge the industry is looking for. The cost of course fees for degree apprenticeships is shared between government and employers, the student does not pay fees.

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