October 2019

Earn money while getting a degree, without paying any tuition fees.

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Ready to earn while you learn? You can if you decide to do a degree apprenticeship.

You’ll combine academic study with on-the-job experience, getting a salary and enhancing your employment skills ready for a successful career.

And as degree apprenticeships were developed between the Government, employers and universities, there's no need for you to take out a tuition fee loan. So, if studying full-time on a university campus for 3 years doesn’t sound appealing to you, here’s another way to get your degree.

Studying a degree apprenticeship

See what's involved

Degree apprenticeships blend part-time study with practical workplace experience. This sound like you? Here's everything you need to know.

Key takeaways

Earn, with no fees

Earn a salary while you get your Bachelor's degree, without paying a single pound in tuition fees.

Gain invaluable skills

You’ll develop new skills and experiences that are highly attractive to employers.

Specialise in something

Most degree apprenticeships are in subjects where the skills and expertise you develop are in high demand.

A different work-study balance

In most cases, you’ll spend 4 days with your employer and 1 day at uni, with some remote learning during uni holidays.

Great networking opportunities

You’ll get to work and learn from experts in their field, connecting with people who could help you secure a job once your apprenticeship ends. 

Options are open

You can apply for a role with a company that offers them or ask your employer to set one up with the University.

Hear from a degree apprentice

Valuable on-the-job experience

Tom explains how the University of Portsmouth has supported him through the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship by developing his confidence, time management and presentation skills whilst working at the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.


When I left college, I found it quite difficult to merge a part-time role with a full-time college course. An apprenticeship for me was a great way to earn whilst I learn and still have a social life.

The way that the apprenticeship worked, I was at work 4 days a week with 1 day at university. The staff at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce have been very supportive in giving me some time to complete coursework and help me to the best of their ability. I feel like I've become a lot more confident and able to speak in front of crowds more. I've been able to sort of manage my time and lots of different skills personally that I've picked up along the way, and it's really helped me in my professional development.

Coral (Tom's mentor at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce):

Now he'll present to a whole room, and that is so far removed from the young man we first had to the person he's become now. I would say a lot of Tom's growth has come from the degree apprenticeship.


The University of Portsmouth have been very supportive. They've always got someone on hand to support you and give you the guidance that you need. This degree has helped me get to the next stage in my career. Not many people at the age of 22 have 5 years' work experience and a first degree in business leadership. It's a good way to start my career.