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 BSc | BEng | BA.
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, HNC or HND already.
If you already have extensive prior experience or relevant qualifications then you can submit a Recognition of Prior Learning claim which may mean that you need not complete some of the modules.
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
To follow an Apprenticeship programme, you will need to be in employment. Please contact us to express your interest in an Apprenticeship as we may be able to advise you of any employers who have told us they wish to recruit but we would also advise applying to other employers in your chosen area of interest.
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:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Applied Cyber Security Management
- Applied Data Science
- Applied Software Engineering
- Archaeological Specialist MA
- Construction (level 5 Higher Apprenticeship)
- Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives
- Police Constable Integrated Degree Apprenticeship
- Quantity Surveying (level 5 Higher Apprenticeship)
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).