Degree apprenticeships - guide for apprentices

What are degree apprenticeships?

A degree apprenticeship is a particular type of job, which combines work with higher-level learning, and which leads to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Apprentices spend most of their week at work. But they also spend at least 20 per cent of their time in off-the-job study or training.

How does it work?

Degree apprentices are employees and have the same rights as other employees, including paid holidays.

They spend a minimum of 30 hours at work each week. The exact balance of work and study is agreed between the apprentice's university or college and their employer, but must include at least 20 per cent of their time in off-the-job training.

Typically, a degree apprenticeship takes three to six years to complete.

Degree apprenticeships can be found in a wide range of subjects. You can see approved 'apprenticeship standards' on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Are you qualified?

Different degree apprenticeships require different qualifications.

Some employers may want you to have achieved specific grades at GCSE or A-level. Others focus more on interest, ability, or potential in a particular area.

How will you be assessed? 

At the end of your apprenticeship you will complete an end point assessment, although for some degree apprenticeships this will be the same as for your degree.

The assessment will be agreed between your university or college and your employer.

What to expect

When you are appointed by an employer, you can expect to sign an apprenticeship agreement and a commitment statement.

The agreement will set out how long you will be employed, the training you will do, the conditions of work, and the qualification you are working towards.

The commitment statement will set out the content and programme of training, and how to deal with any questions or complaints you may have.

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