Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships are key elements of the Government’s commitment to three million apprenticeships by 2020.

As an Apprentice, you could gain a Bachelor's or a Master's degree, learn professional skills, and progress your career - all while earning a wage.

As an employer, you could address key skills gaps, enhance your company's productivity, and meet the changing demands of your industry.

“An apprenticeship is a job, in a skilled occupation, that requires substantial and sustained training, leading to the achievement of an Apprenticeship standard and the development of transferable skills to progress careers”

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills/Department for Education 2013

What is a degree apprenticeship?

Higher and degree apprenticeships combine work with study, which means that as a student, you'll usually study part-time while you work, gaining relevant professional skills and/or qualifications alongside your academic qualification, and earning a salary at the same time. Typically, apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete.

Degree apprenticeships are also employer-focused; they're defined through a Standard, co-designed with employers, that sets out the key skills, behaviours, and knowledge that the apprentice will need to develop during the course. Consequently, they're a great way for employers to recruit new employees and upskill their workforce.

The apprentice must be employed, either as a new recruit or an existing member of staff, and will combine "on the job" training with study for a degree qualification.

Apprenticeship levy

All employers operating in the UK with a pay bill over £3 million each year are required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy. If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you can use the funds in your digital account to pay for apprenticeship training. More guidance on the levy is available from HMRC.

If you don’t pay the levy, you can still access the new apprenticeship training. You’ll be required to make a 10% contribution to the cost of the training, and the government will pay the rest, up to the maximum amount of funding available for that apprenticeship. Help with this is available from the National Apprenticeship Service.

Our degree apprenticeships

Our Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship offers the flexible blended learning to advance your career in senior management and strategic business roles.

Bath Spa University is also developing its apprenticeship portfolio, focusing initially on these areas:

  • Business, Management and Leadership
  • Childcare and Education
  • Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship

Also coming soon:

  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Policing
  • Food

Contact us

To find out more, please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Manager, Helen Booker.

Phone+44 (0)1225 876064
Email: apprenticeships@bathspa.ac.uk

If you’re an employer and would like to discuss apprenticeships in areas outside those listed, please get in touch. Bath Spa University is keen to be a key provider in the region, tailoring its provision to meet local needs.c.uk

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