DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP - WHAT IS IT?

A degree apprenticeship is an ideal way of getting into a career especially if you have a clear idea of what you want to do.

You will earn while you learn the role you have chosen and can be awarded a degree at the end of the course.

Degree apprenticeships offer an alternative way to getting a degree. You will be studying for a degree which is relevant to your work role whilst earning a salary.

Apprentices are employed by a business and the training is provided by a University or College. They typically last between 2-6 years, depending on the programme you choose and the course structure.

The new apprenticeship programmes reflect the changing world with a wide range of carefully developed frameworks to suit the skills required. New apprenticeships are being developed all the time, for example you can take up a degree apprenticeship in digital innovation, public relations, cyber security, and aerospace engineering.

Type of Apprenticeship

Level

Equivalent Education level

Advanced

3

A level pass

Higher

4,5,6,7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6,7

Batchelor’s or master’s degree

It’s a natural choice to invest in the apprenticeship scheme and support young local talent in creating world-class industry-leading products” (Matt David, General Manager, Derivco Ipswich)

Apprenticeships are free for people under 25 and often pay good starting salaries. Generally, apprentices spend most of the week at work – watching, learning and getting stuck in.

A higher apprenticeship is equivalent to the first year of a degree and a degree apprenticeship takes at least 3 years and will give you a degree as well as experience in your chosen field.

  • Developed together by employers, universities and professional bodies, the training suits both the role and the qualification.
  • Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, spending 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 employers’ requirements.
  • You’ll learn from colleagues and will usually work more closely with a senior person who will teach you and review your progress.

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