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Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

Want to study at degree level while gaining on the job training and earning a salary? A Degree Apprenticeship is a new education route, just launched by the Government, bringing together the best of higher and vocational training. This new option enables university study and the invaluable on-the-job training typical of an Apprenticeship, without having to cover the cost of your university tuition.

What are they like?

As an apprentice, you are employed full-time and work a minimum of 30 hours per week. This gives you practical on-the-job industry experience. Alongside this you will study a Bachelors or Master’s degree at a partner university. You will graduate from your apprenticeship with academic knowledge and career-optimising practical skills in your industry. Apprenticeships give you practical on-the-job experience, the chance to gain applicable skills and knowledge about an industry, and a real chance to prove yourself to an employer.

How do they work?

The main focus of degree apprenticeships is to develop skills and knowledge specifically for a job and career. The fees from apprenticeships are subsidised by employers and the government whereby a wage is then paid to the individual undertaking the apprenticeship – meaning that doing a degree apprenticeship can leave you debt-free, as opposed to students studying traditional degrees which cost around £9,000 a year plus living expenses.

Can I do a degree apprenticeship?

Primarily, they are aimed at school leavers aged 18-19 as an alternative option to studying for an academic degree. It is now a great option for everyone looking for a fast track into a career of many types, not just the traditional engineering or manual trades route. Plus, everyone, but especially individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, benefit from avoiding a traditional degree’s high tuition fees and are less likely to be put off by the student debt associated with the academic option.

What industries can I do a degree apprenticeship in?

Currently, they are available in many areas, and this number is expanding quickly since the apprenticeship levy has been implemented. Your current options include:

Aerospace Engineering Aerospace Software Development Automotive Engineeringt
Banking Relationship Manager Bespoke Tailoring Chartered Legal Executive
Chartered Manager Chartered Surveying Construction
Defence Systems Engineering Dental Technician Digital and Technology Solutions
Electronic Systems Engineering Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Laboratory Science
Licensed Conveyancer Nuclear Science Operations Manager
Outside Broadcasting Engineering Power Systems Product Design and Development
Solicitor Technical Support Engineering  

How much does it cost?

Doing a degree apprenticeship incurs no cost to the individual, just like other apprenticeships, there are no training costs or tuition fees to your higher and vocational training.

Where can I find degree apprenticeship vacancies?

You can find the details of all new degree apprenticeship vacancies across England on our website. You can search your postcode and preferred industry to find the apprenticeships provided in your area by a range of different employers and training providers. Once registered with www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk you can apply for as many apprenticeship positions as you want with the click of a button. Large employers like BT, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG and Tesco have their own apprenticeship programmes you can apply for directly with the employer.

 

Other Information on Degree Apprenticeships

How can I get a degree without paying?

In most cases, getting a degree is definitely worth it, particularly in some industries. However, if you do choose to go to University, you’ll graduate leaving your friends, student flat and booze-filled days behind you, while getting (on average), £50,000 debt. We know some ways where you effectively get your degree for free – you could even get paid to get it!

By applying for an undergraduate degree through the UCAS system, you could apply for scholarships to go towards your tuition fees, although you would need to get a few in order to pay for all of your fees. Other options include choosing to do sponsored degree or a degree Apprenticeship. Both of these will also involve you working directly with an employer – so you get the experience you need too.

How does a sponsored degree programme work?

A sponsored degree programme is where an employer will pay for your tuition fees (and sometimes maintenance and accommodation), as long as you work for them either during your course or when you graduate. Some companies will sponsor you through part of your degree, but not all of it. The structure of sponsored degrees does depend on the employer you work with.

You may only work for the company once you have graduated, during your summer holidays or on a placement year. Other sponsored degrees involve you working a certain number of hours a week for the company. The way that you do your degree could also vary, although some sponsored degrees support you away at university, other companies will encourage you to do distance learning from the company offices.

By doing a sponsored degree, you’ll be making great contacts in the industry you want to work in and getting the experience you need. As well as a zero-debt degree, you could even be paid when you’re working. When you graduate, it’s also very likely you could be offered a higher role at the company – and with that often comes a pay rise!

How does a degree Apprenticeship work?

Unlike a sponsored degree, you are guaranteed to have all of your tuition fees paid for as well as a salary as a degree Apprentice! A degree Apprenticeship is very similar to a sponsored degree, however the format of your learning with your employer will be much more structured. This is because as part of your degree Apprenticeship you’ll be spending 20% of your time training. As a Degree Apprentice you’ll be earning salary of at least £7,000 however as it is at a high level, most start at £18,000.

If you’re thinking about becoming a degree apprentice, you should remember it’s not going to be an easy alternative to a full-time undergraduate degree. In fact, it is just as academically challenging as a traditional degree, but you’ll also have work pressures too! You’ll be combining the theoretical knowledge from University to work every day. So everyday really is a school day. If you do a more diverse framework such as the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, many organisations also rotate you around the business you get to grips with different departments too.

When you graduate as a degree Apprentice, you’ll also be far better equipped to continue your work with your organisation compared to a traditional graduate. This is because you’ll know the ins and outs of the business, internal processes and when you’re not studying for your degree, you could also be studying internal training programmes. All of these things will be unique to you, something that traditional graduates won’t be able to access or know.

At the end of your Apprenticeship, you could even lead or mentor the ‘regular’ graduate programme with your experience!

How can I stand out in my Apprenticeship Application?

Degree Apprenticeships are a lot more competitive than opting for a lower level apprenticeship or a full-time undergraduate degree. This is because there aren’t as many available in the country and the people applying for them are people like you; those who really know their stuff.

To be considered for an apprenticeship you are mostly expected to have a high academic level as well as a great working attitude. You need to show that you’re mature and willing to work hard – you’ll be working alongside experienced colleagues so understanding workplace etiquette is very important. You should be confident and mature in your responsibilities. Even if you don’t have top-of-the-class academic qualifications, being able to learn independently is very important.

If you’ve done an apprenticeship before this will help you stand out because you can show that you know how to balance your workload. Working hard and going above and beyond is what most employers look for, because you’ll be studying in your own time. If you have examples of how you’ve done this before or manage your time well, this will help you stand out.

Is a degree apprenticeship difficult?

A degree apprenticeship is a very challenging option, if this is what you choose to do. This is because you have to make enough time to get everything in the day done as well as all of your coursework. If you ask anyone that has been to University, they will say to you how much work they had and how dreadful deadlines can be. Equally, you’ll know from parents, friends and family how working comes with its own pressures too.

With a degree Apprenticeship you have the joy of both of these, but together!

What does an employer look for in a degree Apprenticeship application?

Enthusiasm

A genuine interest in the job and what you want to study is really important. It’s 3 years of your life, and you’ll want enthusiasm to get the work done, even when it gets tough.

Academic Ability

A degree apprenticeship is a very academically challenging option, so an employer won’t set you up to fail. Although, grades aren’t everything, reasoning is also very important.

Character

You need to be mature enough to be in the workplace, dedicated to work and study and be a good fit for the company. Often, employers have psychometric tests in the application process to find out more about you, more than you even know!

Is there anything that could be a weakness in my application?

There aren’t many things that will mean that you won’t be considered for an apprenticeship. The biggest weakness is not having the right academic ability for a degree Apprenticeship. Even if you have the best work ethic, a degree apprenticeship is very academically challenging, and an employer won’t put you on a programme you could struggle with. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever do one, you should consider a lower level apprenticeship and progressing to a degree apprenticeship.

Another weakness we often see is that people don’t fill out the application form properly. Really consider all of your answers carefully, if you don’t fill it out to a great ability, we might think you’re not actually that keen! If there are lots of questions put them on a word document and work on them there, then you can come back to your answers!

Top tips for getting the most out of your degree Apprenticeship interview

If you’re successful and are offered an interview, it will be unlike any other interview you’ve experience.

This is because you’ll be interviewed as an employee as well as a student, so you need to show that you’re capable of both, alongside each other. Remember, if you’re not successful ask for feedback and find out what you can do better next time. It could give you a new boost of confidence, especially if it’s something you couldn’t help, such as not speaking a foreign language or something you could easily change such as not smiling enough!

If a Degree Apprenticeship is really challenging, do I get any support?

As a degree Apprentice, you will have a lot more support than a typical undergraduate. This is because you’ll have HR support as well as your manager, and you should get a workplace mentor as well. This is someone who may not work directly with you but can offer you extra support. What’s more, as a student you’ll also be entitled from the same support from your tutor and other student support services.

Current Degree Level Apprenticeships

No time like the present, why not check out the latest vacancies.

Degree Apprenticeships - Nuclear Degree Apprentice

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 93233
Date Added: 07/12/2018
Location: Bootle
Area: Engineering
Weekly Wage: £372.22
Employer: Office for Nuclear Regulation

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship On our Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship Scheme, you will support the team responsible for regulating Nuclear Safety, Safeguards and Security across the UK. You will undertake on the job training via a variety of work placements and also study for a Nuclear Engineering Degree. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Audit

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92958
Date Added: 26/11/2018
Location: Manchester
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £432.53
Employer: Crowe UK

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a graduate or soon-to-be graduate? Are you looking to start an exciting career with lots of future prospects and a great remuneration package? Then start your career with Crowe UK and Kaplan today with a level 7 apprenticeship available! Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92661
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: Canterbury
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92660
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: London
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92658
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: High Wycombe
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92659
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: Chelmsford
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - January 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92657
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: Bedford
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92656
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: Milton Keynes
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92655
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: Northampton
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Apprentice - September 2019 Intake

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92654
Date Added: 21/11/2018
Location: Leicester
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £315.19
Employer: MHA Macintyre Hudson

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a bright Graduate looking for a career in Accountancy? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant ’on the job’ experience while you study for your recognised qualification? Then starting your career with our Graduate programme might be for you. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACCA Apprentice Accounts Assistant - You must have a Degree or accounts experience

Pending
Job Ref: 92625
Date Added: 20/11/2018
Location: Bolton
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: Competitive
Employer: FC Corporate Finance Limited

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a Level 7 apprenticeship with FC Corporate Finance Limited and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the ACCA qualification. You must have a Degree or accounts experience. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Audit Graduate

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92340
Date Added: 13/11/2018
Location: Reading
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £432.53
Employer: Crowe UK

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a graduate or soon-to-be graduate? Are you looking to start an exciting career with lots of future prospects and a great remuneration package? Then start your career with Crowe UK and Kaplan today with a level 7 apprenticeship available! Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Assistant Financial Accountant Apprentice

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 92122
Date Added: 06/11/2018
Location: East Molesey
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £442.08
Employer: Historic Royal Palaces

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a Level 7 apprenticeship with Historic Royal Palaces and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the CIMA qualification. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Level 7 CIMA Graduate Business Accountant

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 91982
Date Added: 31/10/2018
Location: London
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £576.75
Employer: Babcock International Group

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a Level 7 apprenticeship with Babcock International Group and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the CIMA qualification. Please apply directly - https:www.babcockgraduates.comaccounting-and-finance Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Solicitor Apprenticeship 2019 with Dentons

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 91311
Date Added: 09/10/2018
Location: London
Area: Law
Weekly Wage: £384.30
Employer: Dentons

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship This exciting programme gives you the opportunity to qualify as a Solicitor and be awarded an LLB university degree by BPP University. Our six-year programme combines work-based learning in our London office and part time study. You will earn a salary and have no university fees to pay. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Assistant Group Apprentice Accountant with BCA Marketplace Plc

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 91060
Date Added: 02/10/2018
Location: Farnham
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £480.00
Employer: BCA

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Give yourself a competitive edge with an ACCA Chartered Accountant qualification! This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable paid industry experience whilst you study. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Finance Graduate Programme - Sept 2019

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 90770
Date Added: 20/09/2018
Location: London
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: Competitive
Employer: Smiths Group Plc

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a Level 7 apprenticeship with Smiths Group Plc and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the ACCA qualification. Apply directly - https:smiths-group.headstartapp.comrole5b90f4353c7322001180f695 Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Level 7 Finance Apprentice - September 2019 start

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 90333
Date Added: 10/09/2018
Location: Middlesex
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £634.50
Employer: British Airways

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a Level 7 apprenticeship with British Airways and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards a level 7 accountancy qualification. Please apply directly - https:careers.ba.comgraduates-finance Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - Assistant Accountant (Level 7 Higher Apprenticeship)

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 89542
Date Added: 14/08/2018
Location: Leicestershire
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £400.05
Employer: EMH Group

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship An excellent opportunity has arisen for a higher level apprentice to join our busy Finance department based in Coalville. The apprentice will receive significant on the job training in both Management and Financial accounts, alongside study for the professional qualification, developing in to a well rounded qualified accountant. Apply Now
 

Degree Apprenticeships - ACA Graduate Audit

New Vacancy
Job Ref: 87486
Date Added: 26/06/2018
Location: London
Area: Accountancy
Weekly Wage: £538.38
Employer: Crowe UK

 

Brief Description Of The Apprenticeship Are you a graduate or soon-to-be graduate? Are you looking to start an exciting career with lots of future prospects and a great remuneration package? Then start your career with Crowe UK and Kaplan today with a level 7 apprenticeship available! Please apply directly - https:www.crowe.comukcroweukcareersgraduatesGraduates Apply Now
 

Find out more about Apprenticeships

Help young people to discover the future that’s waiting for them, help them build valuable skills and get on the path to success. An Apprenticeship gives practical on-the-job experience, essential learning tools and all-important qualifications that will last for a lifetime.

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A degree apprenticeship is a combination of academic study at a university, or at a training provider in partnership with a university alongside on-the-job training. Most of your training and assessment will generally take place within your employers’ workplace.

Apprentices have to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week. They are a great way to recruit new staff to a business or to upskill existing staff. Apprentices must be legible to live and work in the UK. As for a normal degree, you will need the right number of UCAS points to be accepted onto your course, with A Levels, Level 3 or 4 Apprenticeship or equivalent counting towards that. Many apprenticeship routes can take young people from a more basic level all the way through to degree level.

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and affects every business in the UK with a pay bill over £3 million annually. The levy supports changes to apprenticeship funding in England and starts at 0.5%. Smaller businesses who don’t pay the levy can claim back 90% of the training costs, rising to 100% when employing 16-18 year olds.

Degree level apprenticeships allow people to develop and expand their existing skill set and knowledge to a higher level within their current workplace whilst acquiring on-the-job training. Other benefits include:

  • Achieving a full BA / BSc (Hons) degree whilst in work
  • Career progression within the business
  • Flexible delivery models supporting your work life balance
  • Support from both your employer and the University you study at
  • No cost to the apprentice

A degree apprenticeship lasts a minimum of one year and will typically take 3 years until fully completed. Apprentices will receive a full BSc or BA Honours degree.

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