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Study a degree apprenticeship

Earn a salary as an employee while you study for a degree that's related to your chosen profession

Degree apprenticeships at

For over 25 years has joined forces with professionals and industry leaders to develop and deliver work-integrated learning solutions to improve the skills and knowledge for their workforce, resulting in transformative personal and organisational benefits. This has included developing a broad range of higher education qualifications, including apprenticeships, that enable individuals to gain professional recognition and enhance their careers.

In 2022, ’s Apprenticeship programmes were rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

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Why choose a degree apprenticeship

As a degree apprentice, you'll get work experience alongside industry professionals as well as regular learning support from a workplace mentor and a tutor from .

As a school leaver you'll have the opportunity to begin an exciting new career.

As an employee you'll develop skills and capabilities with your current employer.

A degree apprenticeship is an affordable way to study because the government and your employer pays your tuition fees.

Information for employers about degree apprenticeships.

Benefits of a degree apprenticeship

No student debt and a salary

  • No student debt as you won't pay tuition fees
  • Earn a salary while you learn to pay for expenses.

Progress your career

  • Achieve a degree that is relevant to your industry or chosen profession
  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • Increase your earning potential.

Get practical experience

  • Develop your capabilities at work as you study
  • Put what you learn into practice right away.

Mentoring and support

  • Get expert guidance from a workplace mentor
  • Access university support services including counselling and academic guidance.

Benefits of being a student

  • Be part of the student community at your university
  • Experience the benefits of a university learning environment.

Degree apprentice profile

Louis, BA Management Practice (Business to Business Sales) (Royal Mail)

“I started the degree apprenticeship because I wanted to earn money while I was learning valuable skills and working for a business that’s well established in their industry.

“It's allowed me to work with loads of different people in a professional environment as well as opening doors in other industries I might be interested in.

“I’d say if you’re considering doing a degree apprenticeship with , just go for it. It’s a great way to kick-start your career in a fascinating environment.”

Find a vacancy

Apprenticeship Programmes are employer sponsored (no fee for the learner) and for this reason, Apprentices can only apply if they are already employed by an organisation, as an apprentice.

Please note that the University doesn’t provide apprentices with employer vacancies.

To search for an apprenticeship vacancy, please use the following links:

  • To work for a particular employer, take a look at their website – most have a page on careers, apprenticeships, or vacancies
  • Use the for apprenticeships in England
  • Use the UCAS Apprenticeship search tool for apprenticeships in England
  • For Apprenticeship vacancies within the NHS, please use the

Degree apprentice profile

Khadiza, BA Management Practice (Business to Business Sales) (British Telecommunications PLC)

“Having tried a traditional degree I was quite uncertain about the job prospects I would have after graduating, so this degree apprenticeship is a better fit for me as I’m already earning a good salary as well as gaining tons of experience.

“I’m not sure what I want to do next yet, but I’ve already got my foot in the door at a big corporate company and have gained experience in several different sectors so I’m excited about what the future holds.”

Experts in work-based learning

For business

We introduced the first business degree over 50 years ago. Since then we've worked with businesses to develop their staff including:

  • Worldpay
  • Consalia
  • Halifax Bank
  • Mitsubishi
  • Asda
  • Royal Mail
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Toshiba Tec
  • Sony Mobile

In the public sector

Policing

We've been associated with the Metropolitan Police over several decades and developed postgraduate programmes for senior officers.

Teaching

We've partners with over 500 schools and colleges in most London boroughs, Hertfordshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Social work

We've built excellent relationships with local authorities, voluntary and independent organisations across London.

Nursing

We've got a strong reputation among our partner Trusts in London and develop our courses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Your career journey

A degree apprenticeship is a great way to take the next step in your career - wherever you are in your journey. Get a boost at the beginning of your career or get ready to change your career if you're already working.

There was a time when I would never have considered being a project manager, but I'm not far behind that now.

Charlie Chandler, degree apprentice

Entry requirements

Eligibility requirements

Please note, apprenticeship programmes are not available for international applicants.

Apprentices would need to be living/working in the UK for a minimum of 3 years prior to starting an apprenticeship.

General requirements

To study an undergraduate course at , you must have completed:

  • Two A Levels or equivalent

Course specific requirements

Courses also have specific entry requirements, such as previous study or submission of a portfolio.

Please see individual course page for further details:

  • Policing
  • Nursing and Healthcare
  • Business and Management
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Environmental and occupational health and safety
  • Creative  Industry
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Employer requirements

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

English language and Math requirements

To pass through the End Point Assessment gateway in an apprenticeship programme (usually towards the end of the programme), all learners must have a Level 2 Functional Skills (or equivalent) English and Maths qualification (this is an ESFA requirement).

We accept grades C/4 or above in GCSE English Language and Maths or an equivalent acceptable Level 2 qualification as evidence of the level 2 functional skills.

Overseas qualifications can be accepted where there is clear evidence that the qualification is an equivalent level and grade to Functional Skills level 2/GCSE standard. Such evidence may be from a statement of compatibility from UK ENIC.

Please also note, for overseas English qualifications, the qualification must have been taught and delivered in English to be acceptable.

Due to the intensity of the degree apprentice programmes, it is advisable to hold these qualifications on application. Those without the qualifications on entry will have to undertake a functional skills programme alongside their apprenticeship and must achieve the level 2 in English and Maths to pass through gateway.

Please note, some of our apprenticeship programmes require that learners must have a Level 2 Functional Skills English and Math qualification on entry.

  • How to apply

    Do your research

    Draw up a list of the apprenticeship roles you're most interested in and research each role in-depth to make your decision.

    Apply direct to employers

    Remember that you apply to the organisation offering the apprenticeship.

    Make sure you apply to several vacancies related to your apprenticeship role to give you a better chance of success.

    When to apply

    • Apprenticeship vacancies appear throughout the year starting from September
    • Vacancies all have different application deadlines and start dates
    • Don't wait until the deadline to apply. Organisations will often close their vacancies when they have received enough applications.
  • Costs and salary

    There is no cost to do a higher or degree apprenticeship for you as a student.

    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

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