What is a degree apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to achieve a full bachelor's (Level 6) or master's (Level 7) degree by combining full-time work with part-time study through a training provider or a university, like the University of Hertfordshire.

Apprentices are employed throughout their programme, spending part of their time at university and the rest with their employer.

Degree apprenticeship programmes are constructed in accordance with Apprenticeship Standards, which define the occupational profile linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of a particular occupation and will include an End Point Assessment.

How do they work?

  • A degree apprenticeship must have a minimum duration of 12 months.
  • Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time undertaking off-the-job training, which will be agreed by the employer and the University.
  • Each of the University's apprenticeships includes a higher education qualification at level 6 or 7 upon completion.
  • Apprenticeships can be funded through the levy or government co-investment funding.

Apprenticeship Levels

Apprenticeships and their associated points of entry are referred to by levels:

NameLevelEquivalent Educational Level
Intermediate25 GCSE passes
Advanced32 A level passes
Higher4, 5, 6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor's or master's degree