The Department for Education has provisionally approved plans by the Association of Professional Sales (APS) for the first degree-level apprenticeship in sales. They have since worked with business leaders and universities to devise this business-to-business (B2B) degree apprenticeship scheme, which includes the list of skills and competencies that apprentices must achieve to be awarded their degrees.
The University of Portsmouth took the lead as joint university providers, due to our long-term interest in education within the sales profession and recent nomination for a teaching innovation award at the global Sales Educator’s Academy in 2017.
This new, nationally recognised qualification offers a different route to gain a sales degree. You have the opportunity to go to university at the same time as working in the career of your choice.
A degree apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to go to university at the same time as working. There is significant Government funding available. This means, with the support of your employer, you can get a BA (Hons) Sales Leadership degree on a day-release arrangement over three years without incurring any tuition fee debt.
As a degree apprentice, you will acquire knowledge of the latest sales practices alongside the practical skills you develop through your work. Very early on in your studies, you will gain confidence and be contributing to the success of your organisation – through work-based projects and learning alongside other degree apprentices from different businesses and sectors.
You will form a lasting professional network and will learn from other degree apprentices about the fascinating and fast-paced world of business.
The degree apprenticeship is available if you are embarking on the first step of your career or you are already in employment and want to consolidate your work experience with a degree in management. It will appeal to those who enjoy variety, have a desire to be intellectually stimulated and have the energy for a real challenge. Learning is delivered in an active and practical way, with degree apprentices sharing experiences with others to make a difference in their own organisation.
For full details of the degree apprenticeship scheme, the levels of Government funding, additional subsidies and information about the Apprenticeship Levy, please see the Portsmouth Business School degree apprenticeship page.
When you graduate, drive and ambition combined with your academic learning will mean you are equipped to lead and manage customers, bids and sale processes that are essential in the UK’s future business.
This degree apprenticeship leads to:
If you are interested in applying for this course, interested in setting up a degree apprenticeship programme with the University, or would like more information, please complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.
To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.
Find out what our students say about studying a business degree apprenticeship at Portsmouth, including:
This video also highlights the benefits of doing a degree apprenticeship over a traditional degree and looks at the facilities and resources you can take advantage of when you become a degree apprentice at the University of Portsmouth.
Within the first year there is an introduction of sales theory and, through the Business Conference Unit, how organisations buy.
There is also a strong emphasis on self-awareness – managing yourself in terms of knowledge, skills and professional behaviour. This is highlighted in the Professional Development Unit.
You will develop a good understanding of commerce and marketing, too.
Units in this year include:
Managing and leading others
In this year, there is a greater scope for problem–solving with a focus on analysing customer relationships, information and value.
Units in this year include:
Managing and leading strategically
In the final year, your study includes a strategic perspective.
Units in this year include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.
We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
You will be required to pay a registration fee at the start of your course to The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). This will be approximately £57. Please see http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/26392
The cost of End Point Assessment (EPA) is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.
Employers can find out more on the Portsmouth Business School website.
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