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Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are primarily targeted at 18 to 19-year-old school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, especially those who are unsure about university due to high tuition fees and student debt. The degree apprenticeship supports progression from craft and technical roles into management. A degree apprenticeship enables you to gain a full undergraduate or master’s degree while you work. Degree apprenticeships take three to six years to complete, depending on the course level. You’ll spend most of your time working, and you’ll also study part-time at university. For example, you might go to university one or two days per week, or in short blocks, such as a week at a time. Overall, you spend about 20% of your time studying vs. 80% of your time working.

Degree apprenticeships are only available in vocational subjects that require a high level of academia, the range of subjects on offer is narrower than with traditional apprenticeships.

Opportunities are currently available in the following sectors:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Aerospace software development
  • Automotive engineering
  • Business management
  • Construction
  • Defence
  • Digital industries
  • Electronic systems engineering
  • Financial services
  • IT
  • Law
  • Life and industrial sciences
  • Management
  • Nuclear
  • Nursing
  • Policing
  • Power engineering
  • Public relations
  • Social work
  • Surveying

In 2019/20, there were 271,890 apprenticeship starts - 66,730 of these were higher apprenticeships at either Bachelors (Level 6) or Masters (Level 7) degree level.

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