Higher and degree apprenticeships explained

Now there is a real alternative to university study. With the growth of higher and degree apprenticeships, you can gain your qualification, learn professional skills, progress your career plus earn a wage. Students are already graduating with top degrees from apprenticeships. Want to find out more?

The facts

If you are over 16, live in England and are not in full-time education you can apply for an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage with many employers paying significantly more and you will work for at least 30 hours per week. Entry requirements depends on the sector and prior skills.

How do I find a higher or degree apprenticeship?

There are over 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies online with employers such as Cap Gemini, Ford, ITV, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Barclays and the BBC. With so many opportunities on offer you can find the apprenticeship that’s right for you. Applying is easy, just visit GOV.UK/apply-apprenticeship.

How are they structured?

Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4-7. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Levels 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/Diploma or a foundation degree, level 6 is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and level 7 is equivalent to a Master’s degree. 

Typically, higher apprentices study part-time at college, university or with a training provider. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete.

Spotlight on specific job roles

Higher Apprenticeship in HR Management.

Higher Apprenticeships in Legal Services.

Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management.

Apprenticeships in IT.

Higher Apprenticeship in Health - Assistant Practitioner.

Higher apprenticeships in professional services.

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