Get the edge with degree apprenticeships

We’ve all heard of apprenticeships, but you might not be so familiar with degree apprenticeships. Learning on the job, and earning an income while you do it, is increasingly becoming more popular. Degree apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds – earning while you learn while still getting that university experience, as well as a higher education qualification at the end of it.

So what is a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships allow students to achieve a full degree as part of their apprenticeship. These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership. Degree apprenticeships combine working with an employer with studying part-time at a university.

What subjects are available?

The range of subjects is smaller than traditional apprenticeships because degree apprenticeships are only available in vocational subjects that require a high level of study. Degree apprenticeships are currently available in the following areas:

  • Business and Administration
  • Childcare and Education
  • Construction
  • Creative and Design
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance, and Accounting

What are the benefits of degree apprenticeships?

Apprentices are employed and paid throughout their course and can gain a full degree without having to pay student fees, as the costs covered by the government and the employer. Degree apprenticeships will give you a head start in your chosen career, allowing you to get into the workplace and start learning the skills you need.

Where can I study for a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships are relatively new, but as more universities and employers start offering them, more will become available. Here’s a small selection of what you can study and where:

  • Architecture – De Montford University, Northumbria University and University of Portsmouth.
  • Civil Engineering – Leeds Beckett University, Liverpool John Moores University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Portsmouth and University of Salford.
  • Construction – Anglia Ruskin University, Birmingham City University, London South Bank University and Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Digital & Technology Solutions – Aston University, University of Exeter, University of Greenwich, Manchester Metropolitan University, The Open University, Sheffield Hallam University and Solent University Southampton.
  • Life & Industrial Sciences – University of Greenwich and Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Nursing – University of Huddersfield, The Open University, University of Central Lancashire and University of West London.
  • Project Management – Aston University, University of Cumbria and University of Portsmouth.

You can find out more and apply for degree apprenticeships here: UCAS: Degree Apprenticeships

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