Sponsored Degree Advice
Sponsored degrees – in which employers pay all or part of a student’s tuition fees on a particular course – exist in a variety of forms. Students on sponsored degrees might receive bursaries or scholarships to help fund their way through university, some will have all their tuition fees paid for them, others will be funded in part.
A sponsored degree means a free degree (or at least free in part), which make these programmes especially attractive to school leavers. The programmes vary in terms of the student’s relationship with the employer. Some students on sponsored degrees are considered to be permanent employees of the company and will earn an annual salary. Others on sponsored degrees might be expected to work throughout the university holidays, and some will take an approach more like an apprenticeship – with sponsored degree students attending university a certain number of days a week and working at the employer’s offices/sites a certain number of days a week.
Sponsored degrees could be seen as a safer bet than other school leaver options in terms of employability: programmes attached to a single employer often offer a guaranteed job on graduation, or a place in a graduate scheme subject to performance, compared to standard graduates who are experiencing difficulties in the job market.
Sponsored degrees also offer access to top quality workplace experience. Those on sponsored degrees might get the chance to work for the company during the university holidays, do an industrial placement, or work full-time and study for the degree part-time.
Read all the articles in this section to learn more about sponsored degrees and what they could do for your career.