Students Staff

20 April 2018

Degrees on the job

Filed under: News — Heather Leathley @ 12.08 pm

Our apprenticeships manager  Rachel Brown  explains the different options of the degree apprenticeship scheme.

What are higher and degree apprenticeships?

Higher and Degree apprenticeships are available for a range of different occupations and combine work with study at an accredited education provider  Students work towards either a vocation work-based, academic or professional qualification relevant to their profession.

Higher Apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 and include Degree Apprenticeships. Degree Apprenticeships must include an academic qualification at either Bachelors (Level 6) or Masters (Level  7).

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships include a minimum of 20% off the job training which will typically be delivered by a college, university or other education & training provider. The apprentices will all be employed  and will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage.

Are they only on offer to 18 year olds?

No, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 18 and over and who is in employment.

What qualifications do I need to enrol?

Entry requirements for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships depend on the occupation of the apprenticeship and on any prior skills the applicant has developed.

Do I have to contribute financially?

Good news – your employer, or your employer and the Government combined, will cover the training costs of your apprenticeship.

I already have a degree can I sign up?

Yes, you can to gain a qualification relevant to your profession.

What occupations do the apprenticeships cover?

There is a wide range of occupations covered by Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, with more being approved all the time. These include:

Dental Technician (Level 5)

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner (Level 5)

Aerospace software development engineer (Level 6)

Chartered Manager (Level 6)

Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Level 6)

Embedded electronic systems design and development engineer (Level 6)

Registered Nurse (Level 6)

Teacher (Level 6)

Accountancy / Taxation Professional (Level 7)

Senior Leaders (Level 7)

Solicitor (Level 7)

For more information about all the apprenticeship standards approved to date and those still in development visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website. 

What can I study at Essex?

We are currently delivering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in the following areas:

Digital and Technology Solutions Professional

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Registered Nurse

We expect to grow the number of apprenticeship standards we offer over the coming years.

How can I find out if I can take up an apprenticeship?

Have a look at our website or visit  and Get in Go Far for information on the apprenticeships running around the country.

How long do the courses run for?

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships must last at least a year but Degree Apprenticeships will take longer than that, typically anywhere between two and four years depending on the academic qualification included in the apprenticeship standard.

What qualification would I have at the end?

When you complete your Higher or Degree Apprenticeship you will be presented with a certificate from the Institute for Apprenticeship detailing the name of the apprenticeships standard you were following plus the academic or vocational award that formed part of the apprenticeship.

For example if you were working towards the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship and you were attending the University of Essex for your ‘off the job’ training you would receive a certificate from the Institute of Apprenticeships for the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship and a certificate for a Foundation Degree in Health Science from the University of Essex.



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