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New Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships offer a degree level qualifcation which you can study towards while you work.

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What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships are new. Degree Apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelors or masters degree from a top university, while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

Higher Apprentices are already able to study to degree level as part of their apprenticeship but Degree Apprenticeships will go further. They will involve a degree as an integral part of the apprenticeship. They have been co-designed by employers to make sure they are relevant for the skills that industry is looking for.

A degree with no fees!

The cost of course fees will be shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full bachelors or even masters degree without paying any fees.

Who are they for?

As well as being suitable for school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, the new qualifications are expected to strengthen the vocational pathway and be suitable for existing apprentices looking to progress in their career. They will provide opportunities for existing employees to work towards a degree while they work.

Degree Apprenticeships in the SW

University of the West of England

The University of the West of England plan to start a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) in 2017. Find out more about their planned Degree Apprenticeship.

New courses that are also being developed in the following subject areas to start in Sept 2017:

  • Embedded wireless systems
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Aerospace and Computer Engineering

University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire offers:

Degree apprenticehsips in the following areas are currently being developed with a view to start in Sept 2017:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Product Design and Development
  • Cyberengineering
  • Nursing

Plymouth University

Plymouth University has two Degree Apprenticeship programmes available to study:

South Devon College

South Devon College is currently offering the following Higher Apprenticeships

2016 - 2017

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is offering a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.

Sectors, universities and employers affering Degree Apprenticeships

Which? University's 'The complete guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships' has produced a list of the sectors, unis and employers involved in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

The number of companies and universities getting involved in apprenticeships is on the increase – so the tables aren’t exhaustive.

View an infographic about Degree Apprenticeships produced by Success at School.

How to find a Degree or Higher Apprenticeship

If you want to apply for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship (these are quite new so opportunities might be limited, but growing), go to Find an apprenticeship on the site .

Be aware that some employers will ask you to apply directly to them and not all apprenticeships are shown on To find out where else to look for an apprenticeship click here.  

If you are interested in working for a particular employer, take a look on their website.

The Tech Partnership site has freqently asked questions about Degree Apprenticeships.

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