Discover what a Degree Apprenticeship is and why it might be the right fit for you.
If you are passionate about starting your professional career but would still like the opportunity to gain a degree from a leading university, then one of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes could be for you.
What is a Degree Apprenticeship?
Degree Apprenticeships are a new type of study programme. These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership. They combine full-time employment whilst studying part-time at a university. As an apprentice, you would be employed throughout the programme, and spend part of your time at university and the rest with your employer.
How do Degree Apprenticeships work?
Most of your time as an apprentice will be in-company, where you will be expected to complete your studies, including course assignments, alongside the work and workplace training provided by your employer. Many companies recruit straight onto Degree Apprenticeship courses – others sponsor existing employees. These courses are designed to meet the Institute for Apprenticeships Degree Apprenticeship standards to allow companies to use funding from the levy.
Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?
We asked some of our Degree Apprentices why they chose this route. Hear what they have to say and their top tips for applying.
All apprentices must be employed by a levy-paying organisation. To see the full selection of apprenticeships available, visit the UK Government’s Find an Apprenticeship website.
Alternatively, to see the opportunities available with clients who already work with us, visit our apprenticeship web pages.
To be accepted onto a Degree Apprenticeship programme, you will need to apply directly to the employer. They will ask you what your current qualifications are as well as more specific questions relating to the area of study you would like to complete. You should also speak about your passion for the subject and how pursuing a Degree Apprenticeship will help you to achieve your career goals.
You will probably be invited to an interview, an assessment centre or in some cases both. Remember to do your research and come prepared. The interviewers will want to make sure that you will fit in with their organisation and find out how you envisage your future career progressing.
When answering interview questions you could try to use the STAR technique, it will help you structure your answers.
Although the STAR technique can’t help with all questions, such as ‘Tell me about yourself’, It can certainly help with questions which start ‘Tell me about a time when…’
S = Situation
Give some general background to the situation you found yourself in. You don’t have to go into too much detail, but make sure you are clear.
T = Task
What was the brief or project? What was the problem you had to solve or the task you were given?
A = Action
Talk about what decisions you made and why you took them. Include any skills or qualities you demonstrated.
R = Result
What was the result of the project or situation? What were your achievements? Was there anything you would do differently next time? How did you feel about how the process had gone?
Hopefully, you will excel in your interview and be offered a role. When you receive your offer make sure you check it over carefully and don’t be afraid to ask your new potential employer if you need clarification on any part of it.
Your offer may still be dependent on your academic grades.
Depending on your employer you will either initially start in the workplace or you may be invited to a ‘Welcome Week’ at the university. In either case, you will be starting your career working with like-minded people whilst gaining a degree from one of the UK’s leading universities.
Elements of Degree Apprenticeships
Putting your learning into practice
Gain a full Bachelor’s Degree with the same academic rigour as a traditional degree
Access to Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
To support you between modules
Develop a portfolio/learning log
Record work-based learning to feed into ongoing reviews and final assessments
Day or block release
3-6 years normally
Personal learning plan
Based on a training needs analysis that you will complete with your Apprenticeship Tutor
Demonstrate your knowledge, skills and behaviours from your Degree Apprenticeship standard
Case study My Degree Apprenticeship journey
Josh is a Degree Apprentice at Aston Martin and studies Applied Engineering at WMG, University of Warwick. We asked him to film a short video to share his thoughts and tips from his experience. In the video, he takes us along with him to work, Silverstone, and university.
Warwick is ranked 8th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2023) and we have a reputation for developing and delivering high-quality education programmes. We have worked with leading employers to develop industry-relevant programmes and have delivered these to over 800 apprentices studying against a Degree Apprenticeship standard.
The programmes we have developed with these organisations offer you a high-quality education and ensure that you get the right knowledge and skills to apply directly to your job, which organisations want.