The Degree Apprenticeship is a new type of award which combines the workplace learning of a traditional apprenticeship with a higher education qualification such as a B.Sc., B. Eng., or B.A.
An apprentice is employed by a company to learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to help both the company and the individual succeed, progress and thrive. An Apprentice will spend 80% of their time in the workplace; during the remaining 20% of their working week they study relevant qualifications in an appropriate learning environment.
Degree and Higher Apprenticeships offer a pathway to recognised qualifications and professional competence, combined with practical on-the-job experience. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to earn while you learn.
Higher Apprenticeships include programmes of study at levels 4 and/or 5.
The first step in applying for an Apprenticeship is to find an employer who is recruiting Apprentices in the area that you want to study; however you don’t need to be a new recruit to start an Apprenticeship programme, you and your employer may be looking to develop your skills further. Apprenticeships are all age programmes.
To access a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship you need to have qualifications at level 3 (A level, BTEC Diploma) or relevant experience in the workplace. A Higher or Degree Apprenticeship is an excellent progression opportunity for people who have completed a level 3 apprenticeship programme already.
Apprenticeship programmes are fully funded, so you will not pay any fees.
UWTSD offers degree apprenticeships in England and Wales funded by ESFA and HEFCW. The apprentice will complete both a degree and an additional work-based assessment. The courses are validated to ensure that they meet employer requirements.
UWTSD works with a number of partner organisations to deliver Higher Apprenticeships.
How to apply
As you need to be employed to follow an Apprenticeship programme, you need to apply to an employer in the first instance, but please let us know that you are looking for an Apprenticeship as employers do contact us if they are looking to recruit.
We are aware that there are vacancies with the following companies – please contact them directly
Police Constables - South Wales Police expects to be recruiting Police Constables in June 2019.
For information about joining police forces, go to the College of Policing website.
For information about other vacancies:
- In England, use the ESFA Find an Apprenticeship site. You can filter the results to level 6 for Degree Apprenticeships.
- In Wales, use the Careers Wales Apprenticeship Search to search for external links.
Degree Apprenticeships available
UWTSD is offering a range of Degree Apprenticeships for 2019-2020 including:
- Police Constable Integrated Degree Apprenticeship
- Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives
- Applied Software Engineering
- Applied Data Science
- Applied Cyber Security Management
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Construction (level 5 Higher Apprenticeship)
- Quantity Surveying (level 5 Higher Apprenticeship)
- Archaeological Specialist MA
UWTSD offers Degree Apprenticeships funded by the Welsh Government and ESFA, and is a Registered End Point Assessment Organisation for degree apprenticeships.
Contact the Apprenticeship Unit
Please note that UWTSD does not handle applications for employer vacancies: you must apply to an employer.