Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

Higher & Degree 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 and 5, which is the equivalent of a Foundation Degree. 

Degree apprenticeships are available at level 6 and 7, which are the equivalent of an Honours Degree and a Master’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 & Degree 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

For Employers

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 Bachelor’s Degree and even Master’s Degree level in some sectors.

Over 70 occupations are covered, ranging from Automotive and Banking to Aerospace and Nuclear, representing hundreds of job roles

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.