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What are higher and degree apprenticeships?

Higher and degree apprenticeships are combined packages of work and study. A degree apprenticeship combines academic
study at the University with on-the-job training in the workplace. Designed in partnership with industry to meet professional standards, degree apprenticeships are a great way to attract and retain talent for your business, boost productivity and upskill your workforce.

What is the apprenticeship levy and how will it affect my business?

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and affects all businesses in the UK with a pay bill over £3 million each year. The policy supports the changes to the way apprenticeships in England are funded and is underpinned by a levy of 0.5% of the annual pay bill. The Government has also proposed to co-invest 90% of the costs of apprenticeship training for those businesses who will not be paying the levy.

How long does a higher or degree apprenticeship take?

The minimum length of a degree apprenticeship is one year. Higher and degree apprenticeships will take at least 3 years to complete and apprentices receive a full BSc Honours degree.

Who is eligible to be an apprentice?

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours every week. Degree apprenticeships can be used to recruit new staff to your business or to upskill existing staff. Apprentices must also have the right to live and work in the UK.

How is the education and training delivered?

A degree apprenticeship combines academic study at the University with on-the-job training. The majority of training and assessment will take place within the workplace. Delivery at the University is flexible and can be worked around your commitments with options including block delivery and online training.

What are the benefits of degree apprenticeships for employees?

Degree level apprenticeships allow people to develop their skills and knowledge to a high level
whilst gaining on-the-job training. Other benefits for apprentices also include:

  • The potential to achieve a full BA / BSc (Hons) degree whilst in work
  • The opportunity to progress their career within the business
  • Flexible delivery models that support work life balance
  • Support from both their employer and the University
  • No cost to the employee

What is the cost of a higher or degree apprenticeship?

There is no set cost for a degree apprenticeship although the maximum amount an employer can use from their levy account is dependent on the Government funding bands for apprenticeships apprenticeship-funding-bands. With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017, employers are now able to use this funding to purchase training for apprenticeships. The Government will top up employers digital apprenticeship accounts by 10% meaning that for every £1 that enters the account, employers will have £1.10 to spend on apprenticeship training. Employers who do not pay the levy will have 90% of their apprenticeship training costs subsidised by the Government.

Please note that due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded (by the government and the employer), apprentices will not be eligible for student finance - this includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Where can I get more information about higher and degree apprenticeships?

Visit our website to find out more about degree apprenticeships and how they can work for your business –

You can also find out more about higher and degree level apprenticeships in general on the following websites:

National Apprenticeship

Gov.UK -