All You Need To Know About Degree Apprenticeships

November 21, 2017

Hi everyone - I hope you’re all doing great!

Today's blog post, as you can tell from the title, is going to be all about degree apprenticeships... mainly because most people don’t even realise you can gain a degree via an apprenticeship instead of the usual university route.

To be honest, until I started working with Further My Future, I didn’t know this either. Schools and colleges drum UCAS into your head so often that you practically end up dreaming of the word. But, today, I'm here to tell you all about the wonderful things that are degree apprenticeships, so you can learn for yourself!

Why are they amazing?

  • Obviously, you get a Bachelors or Masters degree with them - a very respected qualification!
  • You avoid the debt and fees that come with university. The average amount of uni debt after graduation totals up to £50k… ouch.
  • You’re studying whilst working too, building up your work experience.
  • You receive a salary like a normal employee.

The above are just a few of the great reasons why degree apprenticeships are so beneficial.

What can I get a degree apprenticeship in?

When it comes to apprenticeships as a whole, degree apprenticeships are the least common. However, over the years, they have expanded into many different sectors, and are going to grow even more. The roles you can get a degree apprenticeship in include:

  • Aerospace engineering or software development
  • Laboratory science
  • Nuclear science
  • Banking relationship manager
  • Construction
  • Product design and development
  • Bespoke tailoring
  • Dental technician
  • Healthcare assistant practitioner
  • Solicitor

The above are just a few of the different fields you could venture into - tonnes of opportunities, and only set to become even more vast!

How does it work?

The fees from the apprenticeship are subsidised by employers and the government, and a wage is paid to the person doing the apprenticeship. The apprenticeship is an 80:20 combination of working and studying.


This can only mean one thing: after completing a degree apprenticeship you’ll be debt-free (unless you decide to indulge in a credit card and splurge on a new Ferrari and a Nandos every day) and you’ll have your degree!

How long will it take?

Durations of degree apprenticeships tend to vary. It will take around 3-4 years to do a bachelor's degree apprenticeship and another 1-2 years to complete a masters.

Can I do one?

As long as you’re over 16, live in England and are not in full-time education (at the time of starting the apprenticeship) then you can apply.

Degree apprenticeships are mainly targeted at sixth-form leavers as an alternative to attending university, and it’s especially suitable for those from more disadvantaged backgrounds who are unsure about the tuition fees and student debt that comes with the traditional uni route. However, the qualification is available for anyone, including 16 to 18-year-olds and mature students.

So, as you can see, degree apprenticeships are FAB for many a reasons. If you like the sound of them, feel free to join in the conversation over on our twitter or directly message us!

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