What is a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship?

What is a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship?
7th December 2017 Sian Thomas

Apprenticeships offer a valid alternative to university with the qualifications to match – if you choose a degree apprenticeship you will still graduate (with your cap and gown) when you finish but you’ll also have several years experience under your belt.

With an Apprenticeship you will receive substantial training whilst on the job and develop those sought after transferable skills, you will be earning and there are no tuition fees to pay.

You will spend most of the week at work ( minimum of 30 hours) and you’ll spend time attending college, uni or with a training provider, training at work or on-line.

Currently there are around 75 different higher and degree apprenticeships from accounting to aerospace engineering with big companies like Jaguar Landrover, Goldman Sachs and BAE Systems and smaller, local companies offering degree apprenticeships.

The government is keen to develop apprenticeships and each year more and more employers are offering higher and degree apprenticeships than ever before.


Type of Apprenticeship Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C
Advanced 3 A Level pass
Higher 4,5,6,7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6,7 Bachelors or master’s degree