If you are interested in taking the step into higher education, but want to experience the workplace straight away, whilst avoiding tuition fees – a higher or degree level apprenticeship may be the best way for you to get ahead in your chosen profession!
There were over 1,670 degree level apprenticeship starts in 2016 to 2017, with this number growing as more and more people are seeing the tangible benefits of apprenticeships.
Apprentices are employed and paid a wage throughout the course, with training costs also being co-funded by the government and the employer. According to recent government figures - 90% of apprentices in England stayed on in employment after completing their qualification; 71% with the same employer. These figures suggest that apprenticeships are a very effective method of securing the career you want, with little financial cost.
Higher apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to gain qualifications from Level 4 and above, typically in the form of an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Depending on the course, the apprenticeship can last from anything between 1-5 years and will involve part-time study with a college, university or training provider.
Higher apprentices can also earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with level 3 vocational qualifications!
Entry Requirements: At least five GCSEs grades A* – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system), including English and Maths, and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQs, or a BTEC. Depending on the role you are applying for, you may be expected to have studied relevant subjects.
* It is important to note that if you have already achieved A-levels, you may still be expected to start your apprenticeship at intermediate or advanced level because some sectors, such as engineering, require you to build up your occupational skills. *
- To find out more about Higher apprenticeships, please visit the UCAS website.
-To hear from some apprentices who have secured an exciting higher/degree level apprenticeship please click here.