Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
A Higher or Degree Apprenticeship offers a route to gaining a higher education qualification whilst building up experience and without paying course fees!
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are run in a similar way to apprenticeships at other levels. They are ideal for adults who want to progress in their career or move into a different area of work, for instance.
It can be challenging combining a job with higher education study so you need to be self-motivated, flexible and able to manage your time. Despite the challenges, there are many benefits.
Higher Apprenticeships give you the chance to build up practical work experience while progressing academically at Level 4 and above. The qualification/s you work towards vary depending on the actual apprenticeship but can include:
- a work-related qualification e.g. an NVQ Level 4 or 5
- an HND or HNC
- a Foundation Degree
- an Honours Degree
- a professional qualification
In some cases you may be able to work towards Chartered status in your sector, such as Chartered Engineer.
Degree Apprenticeships are designed in close collaboration between employers and universities. A full bachelor’s or master’s degree is an integral part of the programme.
Degree Apprenticeships are opening up alternative routes into professions where previously you could only train through full-time study, such as nursing and law. In many cases you are able to (or expected to) gain Chartered status in your profession.
Where to find Higher or Degree Apprenticeships and what’s available
You can search for and apply for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in all the same places as other apprenticeships; university and college websites often promote opportunities. The Higher and Degree Vacancy Listings give a snapshot of the many vacancies there are with major employers.
A guide to higher and degree apprenticeships from the National Apprenticeship Service includes an A-Z of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships available nationally. Which? University’s 'Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships' lists the sectors and professions in which you can take a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, and also details the universities involved and some of the employers.
The number of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships available is increasing, so check for the most up-to-date information.
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Examples of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in the South
Many universities and colleges are working with employers to develop Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. The following are just a few examples. Find out more on the websites of universities and other providers in the South.
- Advanced Manufacture Engineering – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) – South Devon College
- Associate Project Manager – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) – Buckinghamshire New University
- Building Surveyor – Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) – University of Portsmouth
- Business Administration – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) – South Devon College
- Chartered Manager– Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) – University of Plymouth
- Cyber Security Technical Professional – Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) – University of Gloucestershire
- Digital and Technology Solutions Professional – Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) – University of Exeter
- Healthcare Assistant Practitioner – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5) – The Open University
- Laboratory Scientist – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5) – University of the West of England
- Paraplanner – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) – University of Gloucestershire
- Product Design & Development Engineer – Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) – Buckinghamshire New University
- Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician – Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) – Buckinghamshire New University
- Registered Nurse (Adult Nursing) – Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) – University of Plymouth
- Senior Leader – Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7 – master’s) – Bath Spa University