Degree apprenticeships - guide for employers

What is a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship is a job, which combines work with higher-level learning. The apprentice works for an employer, but spends at least 20 per cent of their time in study or training with an apprenticeship training provider.

There are many types of apprenticeship. Degree apprenticeships, on completion, result in the awarding of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Types of apprenticeship

Name Level Educational equivalent
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes
Advanced 3 2 A-level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Higher National Certificate (HNC) and above. These include a number of apprenticeships at levels 6 and 7 that do not result in the awarding of a degree.
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

How does it work?

The employer and the training provider will usually work together to decide how the study time should be delivered. 

But the work that the apprentice does for the employer and their study time must follow an 'apprenticeship standard'. These standards are developed by groups of employers called 'trailblazers'. 

Training outlined in the standard is devised to develop the skills and knowledge that employers need.

Who are degree apprentices?

Degree apprentices must be 16 or over. They can be new or current employees.

They must spend at least 50 per cent of their working time in England.



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