Higher apprenticeships are an excellent prospect for those who are interested in a different route to university study. Apprentices can start a higher apprenticeships if they have completed a level 3 qualification, whether an Advanced Apprenticeship, vocational course or A-Levels and would like to progress to a higher level of education, whilst gaining important work experience.
Higher apprenticeships are available at level 4 -6, which is the equivalent of a foundation degree to a bachelor’s degree.
Did you know?
- A study by ICM Research reveals that employers in England rate qualified higher apprentices as 25% more employable than those who took an alternative route into work.
- Higher apprentices currently do not need a student loan to study towards their apprenticeship. This is due to the government announcing additional budget to fund higher education qualifications that make up a higher apprenticeship.
- Reports estimate that completing a Level 4 higher apprenticeship could result in increased lifetime earnings of around £150,000.*
* Source: University Education: Is this the best route into employment? AAT and Cebr, Feb 2013
After completing a higher apprenticeship, students can go onto further academic qualifications, like a honours degree or professional qualification, or continue with their employer and work towards promotion at a higher level.
Developed by employers for employers, higher and degree apprenticeships enable businesses to train more of their employees in the high-level industry specific skills that are critical for growth in the UK and internationally. Higher and degree apprenticeships include a range of qualifications at a range of levels from the equivalent of a Foundation Degree to a Bachelors Degree and even Masters Degree level in some sectors.
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Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Fact Sheet
The fact sheet provides information for young people on the opportunities, progression and benefits of a higher or degree apprenticeship.
Higher and degree apprenticeships combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.
Higher apprenticeships range from Level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above.
Degree apprenticeships are available at Level 6, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and Level 7, which is equivalent to a Master’s degree.