A degree apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to gain a paid-for degree while getting industry experience and earning a salary.

What are degree apprenticeships?

A degree apprenticeship enables you to gain a full undergraduate or master’s degree while you work. Degree apprenticeships take three to six years to complete, depending on the course level.

You’ll spend most of your time working and you’ll also study part-time at university. For example, you might go to university one or two days per week, or in short blocks, such as a week at a time. Overall, you spend about 20% of your time studying vs. 80% of your time working.

Degree apprenticeships work differently across the UK:

  • England and Wales both offer degree apprenticeships, with the most options currently available in England.
  • In Scotland, degree apprenticeships are known as Graduate Apprenticeships.
  • Northern Ireland doesn’t currently offer degree apprenticeships, but they do offer different levels of apprenticeships.

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What degree apprenticeships are available?

Degree apprenticeships are available in lots of industries, from hands-on fields like nursing, engineering and teaching, to more office-based roles like business administration, finance, and law.

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Pros of a degree apprenticeship
  • You’ll get real-life experience working alongside your degree.
  • Your degree is fully paid for, so there’s no cost to you.
  • You’ll get paid a salary just like a normal employee.
Cons of a degree apprenticeship
  • You’ll need to balance working and studying at the same time.
  • You won’t qualify for any student loans.
  • Apprentices don’t always get the traditional ‘university experience’.

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FAQs about degree apprenticeships

Applying for a degree apprenticeship

You apply for a degree apprenticeship in the same way you apply for a normal job. You’ll need to submit an application, which usually includes a CV and cover letter. If you’re also applying for university, you could use your personal statement as a starting point for your application.

Employers advertise degree apprenticeships throughout the year and there is no application cycle like there is with university. The vacancy will state when the application deadline is, and when the apprenticeship is due to start.

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