Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are completed in the workplace, with some day or block-release to a local higher education training provider or university.

You can now take Higher or Degree Apprenticeships if you have completed level 3 qualifications such as A levels or a Level 3 BTEC course.

A Higher Apprenticeship is a vocational qualification that is equivalent to a foundation degree and are available in England at levels 4 and 5.

  • Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).
  • Level 5 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree, or a Higher National Diploma (HND).

If you want to gain further qualifications, you can go on to complete a degree apprenticeship.

» Find out more about Higher Apprenticeships on ucas.com

A Degree Apprenticeship is a vocational qualification that is equivalent to a full undergraduate degree and takes three to six years to complete, depending on the course level.

» Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships on ucas.com

Benefits of completing a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship

  • Working experience alongside your degree.
  • Your tuition fees are fully paid for, so there’s no cost to you
  • You’ll get paid a salary while gaining a degree qualification

Things to consider

  • You would be required to commit and would have a responsible job role rather than the experience of university
  • You would not qualify for student loans
  • You’ll need to balance working and studying at the same time