Degree Apprenticeships Advice
Degree Apprenticeships are the latest model of apprenticeship to be developed, seeing apprentices achieving a full bachelor’s or master’s degree (Levels 6 and 7) as a core component of the apprenticeship. Both Higher and Degree Apprenticeships must last a minimum of one year, with Degree Apprenticeships in particular lasting longer, typically up to four years but sometimes five, though there is no fixed maximum duration for a Degree Apprenticeship.
Degree Apprenticeships were announced in 2015 with the roll out of nine new industry designed apprenticeships: a new model bringing together higher and vocational education. Degree Apprenticeships are created and tailored by experts from the industry offering them – groups of businesses work with universities and colleges to develop practical, vocational degree courses that allow people to combine both the academic study from a traditional university degree and the practical experience and wider employment skills vital for career success.
During the programmes, degree apprentices split their time between university study and the workplace and are employed throughout – gaining a full degree while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.
Higher Apprentices are already able study to degree level as part of their apprenticeship, but sometimes only do the equivalent of a year at university, for example. Degree Apprenticeships go further: they always involve a full degree as an integral part of the apprenticeship, co-designed by employers to make sure it is relevant for the skills industry is looking for.
As with other apprenticeships, the cost of course fees for Degree Apprenticeships are shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full degree without paying any fees.
As well as being suitable for school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, the new Degree Apprenticeship qualifications are expected to strengthen vocational pathways and be suitable for existing apprentices looking to progress in their career. Check out the articles in this section to learn more about Degree Apprenticeships.