Apprenticeships for students

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 A degree apprenticeship offers an alternative route to getting a university degree. Kick-start your career by studying a degree apprenticeship with us. 

If you are an employer looking to support a staff member through an apprenticeship, please see our information for businesses.  

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Why should I do a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships combine work with study. As an apprentice, you will study part-time and spend the rest of your time in the workplace. You will also: 

  • Earn a salary while you learn.
  • Receive on-the-job training.
  • Study towards a full bachelor’s degree.                           
  • Learn from experts and develop the skills needed in industry.                                
  • Get your studies funded by the Government and your employer, so you wont have student debt to worry about.*

*Because apprenticeships are funded by the Government and employers, apprentices are not eligible for student finance. This includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans. 

What can I study?

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree apprenticeship programmes across a range of subject areas, including business and management, engineering, health, construction and digital. Browse the list below to find a course to study. 

Application deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake*.

January 2022 – Tuesday 30th November 2021

September 2022 – Friday 29th July 2022

* Please note, only specific apprenticeship programmes have all three intakes. Please check your programme information for more details.

Our programmes

Programmes in development

We are continually developing our degree apprenticeship programmes. Programmes currently in development include*: 

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse)

*All of the programmes listed are subject to academic approval 

Register your interest 

Nursing Associate/Assistant Practitioner to Registered Nurse Top-up Programme

The University of Salford’s School of Health & Society are excited to be developing a programme for qualified Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners to top up their training to become Registered Nurses and are keen to explore the interest in this new development.

  • Commencing: March 2021 for the following fields of nursing practice: Adult, Children’s, Mental Health Nursing (Learning Disability top-up will commence in 2023)
  • Duration: minimum of 18 months plus 3 months to complete EPA
  • Funding: Apprenticeship via employer or self-funded (£13,875 to self-fund)
  • Entry requirements:
    • Successful completion of FdSc Nursing Associate or Assistant Practitioner programme (for APs the top-up programme may need to be longer to ensure you meet all NMC requirements)
    • Completion of Apprenticeship including EPA (where applicable)
    • Certificates for English and Mathematics at Level 2

To register your interest in applying for this programme, which is currently in development, please complete our online form: Expression of Interest Form

Please note: Commencement of the programme is subject to NMC approval

What our apprentices say

Bethany, Danielle and Chris are studying degree apprenticeships in quantity surveying. They are also getting on-the-job experience while they study at the construction companies Wilmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall and William Hare. You can find more case studies on the links below or why not watch our video of our apprentices?

Paul Smith - Nursing Associate Apprentice

Matt Brown - Construction Apprentice 

Donna Sharkey - Social Work Apprentice

Tom Hodgkins - Construction Apprentice

An apprentice at work

How do I apply?

To apply for a degree apprenticeship you need to be in full-time employment in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through your studies. You must also meet the entry criteria for the programme you are interested in. Vacancies for apprenticeship are advertised on the Government’s website

Due to the impact of Covid-19, we may not be able to take your call immediately. We are working to redirect all calls if the team are not in the office. The best way to get in touch is via our email address so please email us and someone will come back to you. You can contact us via or 0161 295 3063.


Who pays my tuition fees?

Degree apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the government, so as an apprentice you do not need to pay tuition fees for your course. Due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded, you will not be eligible for student finance. This includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Where can I find a degree apprenticeship?

Vacancies for apprenticeship roles are listed on the Government’s website. As well as searching here, we also recommend checking job boards and company websites for vacancies. Following a recruitment process, which includes interviews, the employer will decide who they want for the position.

Am I eligible for a degree apprenticeship?

Just like our other students, you will need to meet the entry requirements for the course you are studying. You can find entry requirements for each apprenticeships on our course pages. In addition to individual course requirements, it is essential that you have GCSE Maths and English at C or above (or equivalent - see our guide for details). You will need to provide copies of your certificates upon application. This is a requirement of the apprenticeship and we are unable to accept applications without these. You also need to be over 16 and in paid employment with an employer who wants to support your apprenticeship.

What courses can I study on a degree apprenticeship?

We currently cover a wide range of disciplines. Scroll up to see our current list of courses. Our offer will grow as the government approves new apprenticeship standards. Find out more on the Institute for Apprenticeships website. 

How much time will I spend at work and university?

You will spend 80% of your time in your workplace and 20% of your time at university. We have a range of delivery modes available for courses, including day-release, block delivery and online learning. The mode of study will depend on the programme you choose.

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

Your degree will usually take between three and five years to complete. You will also need to undertake an end-point assessment, which must be completed up to 12 months after you’ve graduated.  

Will I receive a wage?

Yes, you will receive a wage, holiday pay, pension and any other benefits that your employer provides.

You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship.

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour.

This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

What about if I am made redundant from my role with my employer or I choose to leave my employment?

If your circumstances change (redundancy, loss of employer etc.) meaning your apprenticeship can no longer be funded, you may wish to consider transferring from the apprenticeship programme on to the corresponding traditional programme at the university to complete your studies. If you choose to go down this route then you have to be mindful of a number of things.

  1. If you are made redundant, the university will support you to continue on your apprenticeship for 12 weeks and will also support you where possible to find a new employer so that you may continue studying on the degree apprenticeship programme. If you have not been able to secure employment in the 12 week period, the government regulations will not allow you to continue on your apprenticeship with the University of Salford.
  2. If you choose to leave your employer for reasons other than redundancy and do not have another qualifying employer for the apprenticeship, you must withdraw from the apprenticeship immediately. In order to do this you firstly need to contact your Degree Apprenticeship Administrator for your school (contact details below) to inform them of your change in circumstances:

Science, Engineering and Environment -

Salford Business School - 

School of Health and Society -

  1. If you choose to transfer to the traditional programme to complete your studies you will need to:
    • Work with your employer (where possible) and the Degree Apprenticeship Team to ensure we can process your transfer to the traditional programme. This includes following our change of circumstances process for apprenticeships and ensuring the correct forms are completed for audit purposes. The first step you will need to take is to inform your employer link tutor at the university. This will then initiate the change of circumstances process.
    • Please bear in mind you may only be able to transfer at a particular point in the programme, to ensure that you are not put at a disadvantage, and this will need to be assessed on a case by case basis. The university will do everything they can to make this process as quick and streamlined as possible but please be mindful that transfers require a substantial amount of administrative processing internally so a transfer will not be instant.
    • You may have to find an alternative method of funding to finance your tuition fees. You may wish to contact Student Finance ( in regard to how to apply for student finance or the Fees and Awards team ( additional support. Below are examples of how fees are calculated when moving from a Degree apprenticeship to a traditional degree. For the purpose of this example the student will be moving from a Degree Apprenticeship to a full time traditional degree course with tuition fees of £9250.00 per academic year.
      • If you are on a 3 year degree apprenticeship programme costing £27,000 and you wish to transfer to the traditional route at the end of year 2, the university will charge you the remaining fees for the programme. If you have one year left you will be liable for the traditional programme fee of £9,250 for the full year
      • If you are on a 3 year degree apprenticeship programme costing £27,000 and you wish to transfer mid-way through year 2 then your remaining fees will be calculated in terms of how many modules you still need to complete. Therefore if you have 9 modules left to complete to the end of your degree, you will be charged a total sum for all of these modules. A 20 credit module has a standard fee of £1,540. You will complete 120 credits per academic year for an undergraduate degree, therefore if you had 3 modules left of year 2 and 6 modules of year 3, you would be charged £13,870 in total for the remainder of your programme (£4,620 for the remaining 3 modules of year 2 and £9,250 for the 3rd and final year of the course).
    • If you are studying a postgraduate degree programme, the fee that you would be liable for is dependent on the cost of the traditional programme and thus to confirm the cost, you should contact or call 0161 295 0023 (option 2, option 2).
    • We will confirm the remaining fees with you as part of processing the transfer. You can also speak to our fees team for more information -

Please bear in mind, transferring to a traditional programme at the university is not an automated process and a significant amount of manual processing is required. We do understand that in certain circumstances (redundancy) the individual apprentice has not chosen to end their apprenticeship and so we will do everything we can to support you in your transfer. Please note for anyone looking to withdraw from your apprenticeship for any other reason, you have signed a commitment statement and your employer has signed a contract with us at the beginning of the programme which confirms your intention to complete the apprenticeship. Choosing to withdraw is not a decision to be taken lightly and we strongly advise you speak to your employer, link tutor or a member of the degree apprenticeship team before making any decisions around leaving your employment.

Get in touch

Due to the impact of Covid-19, we may not be able to take your call immediately. We are working to redirect all calls if the team are not in the office. The best way to get in touch is via our email address so please email us and someone will come back to you. You can contact us using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 3063.