Degree Apprenticeships

Are you put off studying at university because of the tuition fees?

Do you learn better when you can apply your learning to the workplace?

Would you like to earn a salary whilst studying?

Would you like to work towards a degree level qualification?

Yes? The new Degree Apprenticeship route may be for you!

A Degree Apprenticeship is the new route introduced by the government to combine the vocational elements of an apprenticeship with university study.

Introducing our case study: Sam*

Sam is 18 years old. She has recently gained GCSEs and a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (Computer Programming and Software Development). She would like to study at degree level but recognises that her strengths lie in learning on-the-job. She also has concerns about funding university study as she has a mortgage and bills to pay for so would prefer to earn a salary. She would like to find out more about the degree apprenticeship route.

Sam: Would I be eligible to study a degree apprenticeship?

Yes. Degree Apprenticeships are targeted at 18-19 year olds who have recently left school. However, they are also available to 16 – 18 year olds, mature students and people, with trade experience, who have already completed a lower level apprenticeship.

Sam: What could I study?

With your current qualifications in IT you may be interested in pursuing the digital industries degree apprenticeship route.

There are 13 degree apprenticeship routes available:

  • Chartered Surveying
  • Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Software Development
  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Laboratory Science
  • Nuclear
  • Power Systems
  • Public Relations
  • Digital Industries
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking Relationship Manager
  • Construction

(Information taken from:

Sam: Where could I study?

Around forty universities across the UK are committed to delivering degree apprenticeships and this is due to increase. Some universities delivering digital industry training include:

  • Aston University
  • Exeter University
  • University of Greenwich
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

(Information taken from:

Sam: Will it cost me anything?

No, you won’t pay tuition fees or training costs. You will, however, need to pay for your living costs as you will not receive a student loan but you will receive an apprentice wage to help cover your living costs.

Sam: How can I apply?

You can search and apply for degree apprenticeships directly through the employer. These vacancies are likely to be advertised on their website. You can also use the Find an apprenticeship service here:

Get My First Job website provides further information about degree apprenticeships and has a search by location facility. See website here:

Since you may be interested in the Digital Industries you can apply for a degree apprenticeship to work towards a BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions BSc (Hons) degree through the Tech Partnership. This programme is designed by employers from the tech sector and develops candidate’s skills and knowledge to work in a variety of tech roles including:

  • Data Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Business Analyst

For more information you can visit the Tech Partnership website here:

If you would like further information about degree apprenticeships and to discuss your options, call the National Careers Service today on 0800 100 900.


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