Why do a degree apprenticeship?
Studying while working
1. No need for student loans
The prospect of paying back student loans puts some people off studying for a degree.
This isn't the case with degree apprenticeships. Your employer and the Government pay your tuition fees, so you don't need a tuition fee loan to cover your study costs. You don't need a student maintenance loan either, because you'll be earning a salary from your employer.
2. Practical experience
Because you'll be in work, you can apply what you learn on your degree apprenticeship straightaway in the workplace.
You'll also get hands-on work experience in your day-to-day role, which you won't get as much of if you do a traditional degree programme.
3. Extensive academic and personal support
You'll get a personal tutor from the University and a workplace mentor. Both will support and advise you throughout your apprenticeship.
You'll also get access to the University's student support services. These include:
- the Academic Skills Unit for support with things like grammar, research and essay writing
- the Maths Cafe for help with maths and statistical skills
- the Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC), which provides special arrangements, adjustments or support if you have a disability or additional support needs
The University also has counselling, wellbeing and chaplaincy services if you ever need extra emotional support.
4. Get ahead of other graduates
Because you'll be learning on-the-job with your employer, you'll gain lots of experience to enhance your CV whilst studying for your degree apprenticeship.
This gives you an advantage over graduates from full-time courses, who wouldn't have had as many opportunities to use what they learnt in the workplace.
5. Access to University services and community
You don't need to worry about missing out on university life on a degree apprenticeship. You’ll enjoy the same benefits as full-time students, including access to the Library, sports and recreation facilities, and theStudents’ Union. You can also get an NUS card entitling you to discounts at over 200 brands in the UK and many more internationally.
Our degree apprenticeship courses include a combination of online and University-based learning, so you can access study materials anywhere when you connect to the Web.
On most of our degree apprenticeships, you'll work 4 days and study 1 day for around 30 weeks each year. The day of the week you're at University varies, but will be the same day of the week throughout your course so you can fit your study time into your working routine and other commitments.
7. Guaranteed room in halls
Although you'll be mostly based at your workplace during the week, you have the option to live in University halls when you do a degree apprenticeship.
We guarantee you a room in halls for the first year of your apprenticeship – useful if you want to live with full-time students to experience life on campus or don't want the hassle of finding a private rental or room share. You'll need to pay for your accommodation out of your salary.