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What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are higher-level apprenticeships that combine full-time, paid work with university study. They’re created through partnerships between universities and employers who want to offer students the opportunity to gain a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree while gaining relevant work experience.

Earn a good salary

As a degree apprentice, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a decent wage while pursuing a role that aligns with your studies.

Get a fully-funded degree

Say goodbye to student debt, as you work towards a respected Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field of your choice, all paid for by the government and your employer.

Get mentored by the best

During your degree apprenticeship, you’ll have access to industry leaders and professionals for mentorship, advice and guidance.

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Degree Apprenticeships

Frequently asked questions

Degree apprenticeships are higher-level apprenticeships that combine full-time, paid work with university study.
What companies offer degree apprenticeship?
While these apprenticeships are relatively new, there are a number of prominent employers who offer degree apprenticeships across different industries. They range from Business Administration and Construction to Information Technology and Finance.
Some of the best degree apprenticeships are currently offered by Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Kier Group, Network Rail, EY, Nestlé, Fujitsu, Accenture, Capgemini and Direct Line Group.
What qualifications do you need to do a degree apprenticeship?
The entry requirements for degree apprenticeships differ depending on the level and industry you’re looking at. However, most degree apprenticeship programmes are likely to require these as standard:
  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or 9-4 on the new system)
  • These should preferably include at least English and Maths. Science is an added advantage
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications such as a A-Levels, a BTEC or an Advanced apprenticeship.
We do recommend that you check the requirements for the specific apprenticeship programme that you’re applying for.
Do I get a job after a degree apprenticeship?
Throughout your degree apprenticeships, you’re employed with the organisation and enjoy all the benefits that a regular employee gets. And in a majority of cases, most employers will offer you a permanent role, along with a promotion and/or a pay increase based on your performance during the apprenticeship.
How long is a degree apprenticeship?
Typically, the duration of a degree apprenticeship can be anywhere between 3 - 7 years, depending on the course and the qualification that you’re working towards achieving. For instance, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions could potentially take you between 3-4 years to complete, while a Chartered Accountancy Degree qualification could take between 5-6.5 years.
Is a degree apprenticeship better than university?
Degree apprenticeships certainly offer a number of advantages over a traditional university degree - including the ability to earn while you learn and get a fully-funded degree. You also get to develop transferrable workplace skills and work with industry experts. However, in order to make the most of your degree apprenticeship experience, we recommend that you have a firm idea of the industry that you want to work in, as you’re likely to continue after your apprenticeship.
What industries are degree apprenticeships available in?
Since they’re still quite new, degree apprenticeships are only available in a few industries. However, the list is constantly growing with more organisations choosing to offer degree apprenticeships in the sectors they operate in. Some of the top industries that currently offer degree apprenticeships are:
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Accounting, Financial Services and Actuarial
  • Hospitality and Retail
  • Legal
  • Business and Administration
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Information Technology and Professional Services
What salary does a degree apprentice get?
Degree apprentices, on average, are paid a higher salary than the National Apprenticeship wage, because of the higher level of qualification involved with these programmes. The salary that you can earn as a degree apprentice can vary depending on the employer and the industry you work in.
How is a degree apprenticeship structured?
Like other apprenticeships, your time as a degree apprentice is split between work and study. Typically, you could spend about 80% of your time at work and the other 20% working towards your degree or qualification. Your studies could be done either as a day release or as block release throughout the year. In some cases, you may also be learning online through a virtual study environment.