A Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are an alternative to university for school leavers taught to A Level standard or the equivalent. Find out more.

Apprenticeships are not only for 16 year olds leaving school. If you are over 18 or educated to A Level standard they are a viable option for you, too.


What are higher apprenticeships?

Higher apprenticeships are equivalent to a a foundation degree so you will need to have completed A-levles (or equivalent) to sign up.  In school speak that’s level 4 – 7.

Higher apprenticeships are available in a wide range of areas, from accounting to digital marketing. You can explore apprenticeships and apply on the Find an Apprenticeship website.

What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are equivalent to a bachelors degree or masters degree. Like most apprenticeships, your time will be split between on the job training and learning in a college/university environment.

What are school leaver programmes?

Much like higher and degree apprenticeships, school leaver programmes are an alternative to university. You can study for a qualification up to degree-level in a business field that interests you while working for an employer at the same time. As with a degree apprenticeship, your learning is paid for by your employer so you can achieve a degree – and salary, and often a guaranteed job at the end of your learning – without spending a penny in tuition fees or getting into student debt.

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