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Degree Apprenticeships

A degree apprenticeship combines work with study for a degree or masters. Apprentices receive the benefits of on the job training as well as a university education and experience and employers have 90% of fees paid by government funding or through their digital account.

What apprenticeships do we offer?

The University offers a number of degree apprenticeships, including Senior Leaders Master's DegreeLevel  7 Outside Broadcasting, Level 6 Chartered Manager, Level 6 Chemistry, and Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner, and Nursing Associate. Contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

What funding is available for higher and degree apprenticeships?

If you’re a Levy-paying employer (If you have more than a £3M pay bill) your organisation will already pay 0.5 per cent tax of your wage bill each year which can then only be spent on approved apprenticeships. You will pay for training from your levy through the Digital Apprenticeship Service, which is an online service that allows employers to choose and pay for apprenticeship training more easily.

If your organisation is not required to pay the Levy, a new ‘co-investment’ rate is available. Co-investment is when employers and government share the cost of training and assessing an apprentice.

You can find more information on the Levy and co-investment on the GOV.UK  website.

How do apprenticeships benefit businesses?

  • develop existing staff and improves retention
  • attract new high calibre staff
  • fill higher level skills gaps and train both existing and new staff up to degree level
  • expand your recruitment pool and increase workplace diversity
  • increase productivity
  • meet the specific needs of your business


  • Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employer hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver
  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with the programme
  • 76% say that productivity has improved
  • 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

What should I do next?

Further information is also available on the National Apprenticeship Service website or in their Employers Guide to Higher Apprenticeships (pdf, 1402kb).

  • If you have an idea about which apprenticeship you’re interested in you can contact the faculties directly:
  • Faculty of Engineering and Informatics – Peter Lassey (
  • Faculty of Social Sciences – Colette McAuley (
  • Faculty of Management and Law – Lorraine Lucas (
  • Faculty of Life Sciences – Gillian Jaggar (
  • Faculty of Health Studies – Anita Sargeant (

General Enquiries

General enquiries may be sent to