New Degree Apprenticeships

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree Apprenticeships are a new government development. Apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelors or masters degree from a top university, while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

Higher Apprentices are already able to study to degree level as part of their apprenticeship but Degree Apprenticeships will go further. They will involve a degree as an integral part of the apprenticeship, co-designed by employers to make sure it is relevant for the skills that industry is looking for.

A degree with no fees!

The cost of course fees will be shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full bachelors or even masters degree without paying any fees

See below for the courses that are currently being developed in the South West area.

Be aware that quite a few of the new Degree Apprenticeships seem to be aimed at people already in work, however, there are some opportunitites for school leavers. For school leavers there might be more opportunities through Higher Apprenticeships..

Who are they for?

As well as being suitable for school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, the new qualifications are expected to strengthen the vocational pathway and be suitable for existing apprentices looking to progress in their career.

Degree Apprenticeships in the SW

University of the West of England

The University of the West of England plan to start a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) in 2017. Find out more about their planned Degree Apprenticeship.

New courses that are being developed in the following subject areas to start in Sept 2017:

University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire offers:

Degree apprenticehsips in the following areas are currently being developed with a view to start in Sept 2017:

Plymouth University

Plymouth University has two Degree Apprenticeship programmes available to study:

South Devon College

South Devon College is currently offering the following Higher Apprenticeships

2016 - 2017

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is offering a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship.

Sectors, universities and employers

Which? University has produced a list of the sectors, unis and employers involved in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

The number of companies and universities getting involved in apprenticeships is on the increase – so the tables aren’t exhaustive.

The sectors offering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships



The universities and employers involved in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships



See more information in Which? University's 'The complete guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships'

View an infographic about Degree Apprenticeships produced by Success at School.

How to find a Degree or Higher Apprenticeship:

If you want to apply for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship (these are quite new so opportunities might be limited, but growing), go to Find an apprenticeship on the site .

Be aware that some employers will ask you to apply directly to them and not all apprenticeships are shown on To find out where else to look for an apprenticeship click here.  

If you are interested in working for a particular employer, take a look on their website.

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