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Why choose a degree apprenticeship?

Gain a degree while earning a salary

Degree apprenticeships combine practical learning with university study so you can acquire the knowledge and skills you need to gain a degree and progress your career.

During your apprenticeship you'll be employed by the company you're learning with, meaning you'll be paid just like any other employee. The course fees will be paid by your employer and the government so you'll pay no tuition fees and won't need a student loan.

What are the benefits for students?

  • Achieve a degree directly relevant to your industry or chosen profession
  • No student debt as you don't pay tuition fees
  • Develop your capabilities at work as you study
  • Earn a salary while you learn
  • Get expert guidance from a workplace mentor
  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Be part of your university's student community
  • Experience the benefits of a university learning environment.

Is a degree apprenticeship right for you?

Degree apprenticeships are ideal if you’re a school-leaver looking for the opportunity to earn while you learn, or if you're already working and seeking higher-level training to progress your career.

You can increase your knowledge and skills, giving you the opportunity to reach higher earning potential, while enjoying a debt-free university education.

It’s a great option if you want to study to improve your career prospects while progressing professionally, as our programmes are flexible and complement the tasks you are responsible for at work.

You’ll gain experience working alongside industry professionals and receive regular support from a workplace mentor and a tutor from the university.

How much does it cost?

For you as a student there is no cost to do a higher or degree apprenticeship. You will earn a salary as an employee of the organisation you’re working for as well as receiving a university education that is paid for by your employer and the government.

  • You’ll earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices but many companies pay more than this, particularly for higher level apprenticeships*
  • You could potentially earn upwards of £300 per week plus your employer and the government will pay your tuition fees, meaning you won't need a tuition fee loan.*

* Information and statistics from GOV.UK

What are the entry requirements?

For entry to most undergraduate courses, you must have completed either:

  • Two A Levels or equivalent
  • Tawjihiyya plus Foundation year
  • Minimum of five O levels (GCSE grade C or above) plus Foundation year
  • An International Baccalaureate with good grades
  • Indian Education System CBSE & ISC of at least 70% overall

Each course will have specific grade requirements and some have additional requirements, such as prior study in a specific subject or submission of a portfolio. Full details can be found within the specific course information page.

Students must also meet our standard English Language Requirements. We accept grade C or above in O Level or GCSE English Language as evidence of your English language ability for most undergraduate programmes.

As you have to apply directly to the employer, individual organisations may have additional selection criteria as part of the recruitment process or particular things they are looking for in candidates.

Meet Charlie, Construction Site Management degree apprentice

Charlie Chandler left school without qualifications aged just 14. After working for a few small firms and beginning a carpentry apprenticeship he had the option to progress to an HNC in construction, but chose instead to move to Vinci, where he took up a job as a working supervisor.

Charlie decided to begin a BA Construction Site Management remote study degree apprenticeship with Middlesex University last autumn in order to learn the financial and managerial skills he needs to progress further up the ladder in the industry.

“I want to carry on and be the best I can be” Charlie says.

“I want to show my kids that you can go down the technical route. I'm on this course, I'm holding a job, I've got a young family and it's doable.”

He was apprehensive before starting the two-year course because of his lack of formal academic qualifications. He sat a live exam in November which he passed and is now feeling very optimistic. He’s currently on the costings part of the course, finding rates and collating them into a huge spreadsheet.

“There was a time when I would never have considered being a project manager, but I'm not far behind that now," Charlie Chandler, BA Construction Site Management

Charlie praises the flexibility of the degree apprenticeship, with lecturer Neville Webb – a former construction site engineer who still works as a consultant in the industry – travelling around the country to visit students in person and the London Chamber of Commerce offices in the City of London available for Charlie and his coursemates to work in.

There are “people from very, very different backgrounds” doing the course - some like Charlie with plenty of practical experience, and others who have just left college.

“Every time I get promoted, it seems to open up something further ahead”, he says about his progress. “There was a time when I would never have considered being a project manager, but I'm not far behind that now.”

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