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Higher Level Apprenticeships: Have your cake and eat it!

If you are interested in taking the step into Higher education but are afraid of the seemingly ever-growing tuition fees and the prospect of mountains of debt – a higher level apprenticeship may be for you!

Higher Level Apprenticeships are on the higher end of the apprenticeship spectrum (Level 4-6) and are a lot more demanding; however they can provide you with a degree level qualification - with courses lasting 2+ years. This is very beneficial because as a student, you will still receive all the same benefits and discounts, except you will be getting paid a salary as well!

Level 4 and 5 – equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree. 

Level 6 – equivalent to a bachelor degree. 

These apprenticeships combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification – or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Training is delivered either through a tutor in the work place or at college. It is down to your employer to select the option that best suits the course and business needs.

*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.

Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6)

Degree Apprenticeships are designed by industries to combine the very best in higher and vocational education. Apprentices can expect to achieve the equivalent of a full Bachelor’s degree as the main component of the apprenticeship.

Throughout the Degree Apprenticeship, you will be assessed on your academic learning, wider skills and your ability to do the job. Assessments are carried out either using a fully-integrated degree co-designed by employers and higher education institutions, or by undertaking a degree combined with a separate test of your professional competence. 

Where can I find a Higher Level Apprenticeship?

University of Kent – The University of Kent offer various local higher apprenticeships in areas such as Science and Accounting.
Not Going to Uni – This website provides a list of all the current higher apprenticeship opportunities from over 1,000 providers across the country.

Hopefully this post has provided useful information about Higher/Degree level apprenticeships and opened your eyes to the options available to you. If you haven’t secured an apprenticeship opportunity yet, then why not check out our vacancies on