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Everything You Need to Know About Degree Apprenticeships

Abby Davies - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Want to study for a degree but earn a salary at the same time? With a degree apprenticeship, you can! Degree apprenticeships were launched in September 2015 and can allow you to obtain a full Bachelor’s degree (Level 6) or a Master’s degree (Level 7). Since recently we’ve been getting asked a lot of questions about these types of apprenticeships and how they work, we thought we’d lay out exactly what they are and what you need to know.

Degree apprenticeship programmes combine full-time work with part-time university study. As an apprentice you would be employed throughout the programme and will work a minimum of 30 hours per week. The rest of the time is spent studying for the degree qualification and can involve flexible learning modes like day or block release, distance or blended learning. Generally the courses take between 3 and 6 years to complete, depending on the level and type of apprenticeship being completed.

There are currently 24 degree apprenticeships on offer:

  • Chartered Surveying
  • Chartered Manager
  • Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Software Development
  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear Science
  • Power Systems
  • Digital and Technology Solutions
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking Relationship Manager
  • Construction
  • Technical Support Engineering
  • Product Design and Development
  • Bespoke Tailoring
  • Licensed Conveyancer
  • Dental Technician
  • Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • Solicitor
  • Operations Manager
  • Laboratory Science
  • Outside Broadcasting Engineering

There are numerous benefits of doing a degree apprenticeship. Firstly, the course fees are split between the government and the employer, so you can gain a degree-level qualification without having to incur the costs of doing so yourself. On top of this, you are also paid a wage or salary throughout the course. Additionally, as you’re entering the industry before graduates, you can gain a head start in your chosen field and will have greater skills than those who only start post-university.

However, since these types of apprenticeships are still relatively new, there are only a limited number of vacancies currently available. We would therefore advise you to still apply for university through the traditional UCAS route if you really have your heart set on getting a degree to avoid disappointment.

If you’re interested in taking this route and you want to find out more information or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly AIM Advisors on 01865 986 781 or send a request through on our Contact Us form today!


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