Degree apprenticeships

Information for students and employees

What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships allow you to work as an employee while also studying part-time for a full Bachelor's or Master's degree. 

They combine the academic study from a traditional university degree with the practical on-the-job experience and employment skills required for a successful career. They were developed in a partnership between the Government, employers and universities. 

Degree apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete, depending on the course you take. You'll typically go to university one day a week for around 30 weeks every year. On the weeks you don't go to University, you'll still spend 20% of your time training away from your normal working environment.

Degree apprenticeships are suitable for people of all ages. You could be already in employment or beginning your career.

No tuition fees

The Government and your employer pay your tuition fees. So, you won’t need to take out a tuition fee loan. 

International students

To be eligible to study for a degree apprenticeship, students must have been an EU resident for the last three years, have a relevant visa and be in employment. 


Degree apprenticeships at Portsmouth

We currently offer seven degree apprenticeship programmes including one Master's degree apprenticeship.

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Why choose a degree apprenticeship?

No need for student loans

Your employer and the Government pay your tuition fees. So, you don't need a tuition fee loan to cover your study costs.

As you'll also be earning a salary from your employer while you study with us part-time, you won't need a student maintenance loan either.

Practical experience

Because you'll be working, you'll be able to apply what you learn on your Bachelor's or Master's degree in the workplace straight away.

You'll also get practical, hands-on experience in your day-to-day role, which you wouldn't get on a traditional degree programme.

Personal support

You'll get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor. Both will support and advise you every step of the way.

You'll also get access to the University's student support services. These include our Maths Cafe for help with maths and statistical skills and the Academic Skills Unit for support with improving in areas like grammar, research techniques and essay writing. There's the Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) too, which provides special arrangements, adjustments or support if you have a disability.

The University has counselling and chaplaincy services as well.

Get ahead

Because you'll be learning on-the-job with your employer, you'll have more work experience than graduates who have completed full-time degrees.

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Access to university services and community

You’ll enjoy all the benefits of being a student at the University of Portsmouth, including complete access to the Library, study support, sports and recreation facilities, and the Students’ Union.


Our courses include a combination of online and University-based learning. So, you can access learning materials from anywhere.

You'll work four days and study one day a week for around 30 weeks each year. The day of the week you're at University varies from one degree to another, but will stay the same day of the week throughout the duration of your studies to help you accommodate your study into your working routine.

Guaranteed room in halls

Although you'll be in employment, you can live in University halls when you do a degree apprenticeship.

We guarantee you a room in halls for the first year of your apprenticeship. This is useful if you want to live with full-time students to experience life on campus or don't want the hassle of finding accommodation in the private sector.

You'll need pay for your accommodation out of your salary.