What is the difference between a Degree Apprenticeship & a Higher Apprenticeship?

  • Last updated 09 Jan 2020


Higher Apprenticeships and the new Degree Apprenticeships are part of the same ‘apprenticeships family’. However, there are some differences.

Higher Apprenticeships

‘Higher Apprenticeship’ refers to all apprenticeships that include the achievement of academic/vocational qualifications from Level 4 up to bachelor’s and master’s degree at level 6-7. All levels can include vocational qualifications and academic qualifications.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships are the latest model to be developed as part of higher apprenticeship standards, 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; Degree Apprenticeships in particular will last longer, typically up to four years, though there is no fixed maximum duration.

Neither Higher nor Degree Apprentices are eligible for student loans.

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Advanced apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships

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