Sponsored Degrees in the UK

A sponsored degree, traditionally was where you went to university full or part time and a company sponsored your studies. This could be in the form of paid tuition fees and living costs, or guaranteed work placements and mentoring.

More recently the government has introduced "Degree Apprenticeships" which are effectively the same as sponsored degrees but have a different approach to achieving the same thing. They are basically both a way of getting a degree and being paid while you study, as well as gaining valuable work experience with a reputable company. It means you study and work alongside each other and graduate without a student loan to pay off. Details of the schemes vary, but typically you might find yourself working four days a week and studying one day a week on campus at the associated University. You will also receive a range of benefits and support as well as a job when you graduate.

Some of these programmes are still being called Sponsored Degrees, but some are changing and now being called either Higher or Degree Apprenticeships.

Airbus Sponsored Degrees have now become Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering, Digital Technology, Finance or Business. All are 3 year undergraduate degrees including work experience and are based at one of their four partner universities and run over 3 or four years. 

Barclays now offer a Higher Apprenticeship. This is effectively the same as a sponsored degree in that you will graduate with a degree from Anglia Ruskin University and it will be paid for by Barclays. You will also be working in conjunction with your studies, receiving on the job training at the same time. 

A 4 ½ year IT Degree Apprenticeship Programme. Graduate with Aston University studying a BSc (Honours) in Digital & Technology Solutions degree, working at the same time, knowing will gain the skills and experience to have a rewarding career in the IT sector. 

CGI's sponsored degree has now changed to degree apprenticeship programmes offered at four different universities in either IT Digital Technology or Business. 

The Global FTSE 100 company Experian offers a BA(Hons) in Management and Leadership sponsored degree programme in conjunction with Nottingham Business School . To find this sponsored degree, search for “Nottingham Trent” as the Institution and “Business & Administrative Studies” as the subject on our database.

Environment Agency or Risk Management Authority
You can get your degree in Flood and Coastal Engineering at Brunel University by the Environment Agency or a Risk management Authority if you are employed by them. Find further information at Brunel University.

Formerly a sponsored degree KPMG also now offer degree apprenticeships in Digital Technology Solutions at BPP University.

A four year programme leading to a degree in Business Studies from either Bolton or Hertfordshire University. To find this sponsored degree, search for either “University of Bolton”, “University of Hertfordshire” as the Institution and “Business & Administrative Studies” as the subject on our database.

Study for a BSc (Hons) in Management and Business at the University of Bradford or Sheffield Hallam whilst also gaining hands on practical experience across the Morrisons group leading to a job when you finish. This programme as now been changed to a Degree Apprenticeship.

The Nestle Academy Fast Start School Leavers Programme, formerly a sponsored degree,  now offers degree apprenticeships in Chartered Management, Operations, HR and Finance. allows you to study for a BA in Professional Business Practice whilst gaining practical experience in a global business.

If you know you want to ultimately have a career as an accountant, then the PwC-endorsed degree offers the best of both worlds Flying Start Degree Programme offers a traditional university experience as a full-time student, alongside paid work placements within the Assurance practice and real exposure to their clients. To find this sponsored degree, search for either “Newcastle University”, “University of Reading” or “University of Nottingham” as the Institution and “Business & Administrative Studies” as the subject on our database.

If you know of any other sponsored degree programmes currently available do let us know and we will add them to the list.

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