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What are the 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 gain practical on-the-job skills whilst earning a salary and studying towards a bachelor’s degree at the same time.

How does the apprenticeship work in terms of work and study?

Candidates will spend most of the week at work (a minimum of 30 hours) where they will be employed as a full-time employee carrying out tasks as required. A certain amount of time will be spent on campus at the university which may be via day release or block release such as one week per semester. This work will be evidenced via a diary and a log book of experiences gained at the university and in the workplace. They will also have access to all of the online materials for the programme via our blackboard site.

In addition to the degree component, students will complete continuous, work-based assessment of the knowledge you acquire on the degree programme which will be overseen by the employer.

How will the apprenticeship be assessed?

Candidates will undertake assesments on campus as well as work-based assessment achieved via a range of methods focused in the workplace.

What are the entry requirements for these programmes?

Candidates must be employed and individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. You must also have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (level 4) or above. Academically students registering to the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria.

How long does it take to do a degree apprenticeship?

All of the degree apprenticeships last between 3-5 years.

Is there an age limit?

Degree apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 so whether you are a school leaver or an existing employee, as long as your employer is willing to support you, you can become a degree apprentice.

Will candidates still be classed as a university student?

Yes, all degree apprenticeship students will still be enrolled as a university student and will have access to all of the facilities on campus including the library, gym, students union etc. We make every effort to ensure that candidates feel as much a part of the university as all of our other students who are studying on campus full-time.

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