Higher and degree apprenticeships are an exciting, contemporary approach to work-based learning. They offer the learner the opportunity to obtain a foundation, bachelors or Masters degree through a blend of work and study. An apprentice will spend approximately 80% of their time at work, with a minimum 20% allocated for ‘off the job’ learning. This method allows apprentices to develop within their roles whilst also obtaining transferrable higher-level knowledge and skills.
Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7. They combine work with study and may include an university qualification and/or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.
Higher apprenticeships are levels 4 and 5, degree apprenticeships are levels 6 and 7.
Studying a degree apprenticeship can be a daunting thought and there are many misconceptions which surround them. Our higher and degree apprenticeships offer unrivalled career development, allowing learners to benefit in both their workplace and a university setting. The contact with the University of Sunderland allows apprentices to access world-leading academics, research, facilities and more and transfer skills and knowledge back to their company.
Learners can also benefit from the University’s support network which provides holistic and effective assistance throughout the apprenticeship and beyond.
Larger organisations can use their apprenticeship levy and government top-up to pay tuition and professional fees of higher or degree apprenticeships. For smaller employers, the government pays 95%, with the remainder co-invested by the business.
For apprentices there are no tuition fees for employees as the costs are covered by contributions made by the government and the employer. This means the apprentice will have no student loans.