Guide to UK Degree Apprenticeships

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

 A Degree Apprenticeship is like a sponsored degree. It is a way to earn a degree while working and your employer covers the costs of your degree. As a Degree Apprentice, you will be earning money while you learn and have no student debt hanging over you when you graduate.

Degree Apprenticeships have been designed by companies, in conjunction with partner universities to ensure that the skills and knowledge their apprentices learn are industry and job specific. You will finish with a full degree plus on the job work experience. In some cases it might take up to 5 years to get your degree as you are working part time while you study.

The Pros and Cons of a Degree Apprenticeship

Taking a Degree Apprenticeship is not an easy option. You could find that you are working up to four days a week and then you have to attend university, write essays and submit coursework. This means that typically you will have to study evenings and weekends, so there won’t be that much time for socialising. You will need to be focused and determined to do well.

On the plus side, you will be learning job specific skills which are highly sought after by employers as well as gaining a degree which will make you highly employable by the time you finish. You will also graduate debt free.

Degree Apprenticeships currently available

There are currently 14 different industry sectors offering Degree Apprenticeships.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Software Development
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking Relationship Manager
  • Business & Finance
  • Chartered Surveying
  • Construction
  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • IT/Digital
  • Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear Science
  • Power Systems (coming soon)
  • Public Relations (coming soon)

Learn more about what is involved in a Degree Apprenticeship by clicking on the sectors that interest you.