• UK's first degree apprentices graduate with top grades

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    Published on 27-07-2017 10:57
    James Gee, one of the first degree apprentices

    First class degrees for Capgemini apprentices

    The UK's first university degree apprentices have graduated, with seven of the 11 students achieving first class honours.

    Each of the students earned a degree in digital and technology solutions from Aston University, following four and a half years of study. The other four all achieved second-class degrees.


    They followed an apprenticeship programme that combined academic study at Aston while working for technology firm Capgemini.

    Degree apprenticeships enable students to study towards a university degree without paying tuition fees.

    They spend part of their time with their university and part with their employer, so they also earn money and work experience from their apprenticeship job.

    There are currently 26 UK universities that offer at least one degree apprenticeship course.

    James Jones, 25, was among the first graduates. “I’ve gained the salary of a graduate years before I would have graduated taking a traditional bricks and mortar degree," he said.

    "I haven’t paid tuition fees but have been paid a salary to attend virtual lectures and tutorials and to apply this learning instantly in my role as a software developer."

    James Gee (pictured), 24, said: ““Every day is different but I always learn something new. I build complex system integrations, web applications and anything that involves custom software."

    Professor Ian Nabney, executive dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University, said: “Degree apprenticeships are a valuable option to applicants whose learning style is less suited to a traditional on-campus study route.

    "The difference in delivery, allows them to apply their learning in the workplace rather than the classroom.

    "This offers those with the right skills and aptitudes a challenging but rewarding route to graduate level jobs, while their academic achievement is recognised as being at the same high level as a traditionally-earned degree.”

    4 Comments

    1. 999tigger's Avatar 999tigger 27-07-2017
      They can afford to recruit the best plus ofc all that exposure to real work plus money is going to give them a massive advantage.
    1. Wotitsface's Avatar Wotitsface 31-08-2017
      (Original post by 999tigger)
      They can afford to recruit the best plus ofc all that exposure to real work plus money is going to give them a massive advantage.
      (Original post by shooks)
      The UK's first university degree apprentices have graduated, with seven of the 11 students achieving first class honours.

      Each of the students earned a degree in digital and technology solutions from Aston University, following four and a half years of study. The other four all achieved second-class degrees.

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      What I don't understand is the bsc digital and technological soultions- Is it seen as a viable or good degree? I've never heard of a degree called that. It sounds too good to be true to me
    1. 999tigger's Avatar 999tigger 31-08-2017
      (Original post by Wotitsface)
      What I don't understand is the bsc digital and technological soultions- Is it seen as a viable or good degree? I've never heard of a degree called that. It sounds too good to be true to me
      They can work with the uni to make sure the course covers the areas as a business they want their trainees to know about.
    1. Paigestevens163's Avatar Paigestevens163 16-12-2017
      (Original post by Wotitsface)
      What I don't understand is the bsc digital and technological soultions- Is it seen as a viable or good degree? I've never heard of a degree called that. It sounds too good to be true to me
      It does sound good, that’s because it is! It’s a lot of hard work (I’m currently in year 2 with Capgemini on this programme) but it’s all worth it in the end!

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