Wondering what steps to take next to achieve you career goals? Want to gain real practical skills in the workplace alongside your studies?  Want to earn as you learn? Then the answer could be a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.

We offer a broad and growing course portfolio, and are proud to work with a wide range of national companies and global brands such as JD Sports, Erik’s, Salford City Council, Network Rail, NHS Foundation Trusts and Bupa, to name but a few.

You will study at Foundation Degree-level (level 5) as an integral part of a Higher Apprenticeship or at Bachelor’s (level 6) / Master’s (level 7) – level as part of a Degree Apprenticeship. Many of our graduates remain in permanent job roles with their employer on completion of their Apprenticeship, and gain lifelong skills and knowledge.

If you are in full time employment, and your employer is willing to commit to support you through an Apprenticeship (and you meet the eligibility requirements), then find out more by checking our course list.

If you do not currently have an employer to back you but you would like to take up an Apprenticeship with us, then please get in touch @

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We offer a wide range of Higher / Degree Apprenticeship programmes, which is growing all the time in response to employer demand. To find out more, review our current portfolio of courses or you may email us at



Take a quick look at our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out more information about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
We are also happy to answer any questions you may have if you send your enquiries to

What is a Higher / Degree Apprenticeship?

A Higher / Degree Apprenticeship means you can learn, work and earn an annual salary.  On completion of your Apprenticeship, not only will you have relevant skills and knowledge expected within your chosen industry, you will also have:

•  Achieved a Foundation or Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree - level qualification.

•  Networked with experts in your sector.

•  Received support from our specialist academic team and work-based tutors.

•  Gained certification and work-based experience to achieve career progression.

What fees do I have to pay?

Apprenticeships cost you, the Apprentice, nothing, you can both earn whilst you study and graduate debt free.  (As a result, this does mean that you will not be eligible for student finance or maintenance).

How long will it take to complete my Apprenticeship?

The minimum period that that an Apprenticeship can run for is 1 year.  Some courses may take up to 5 years to complete.  Check on our course list and discuss with one of our Programme Leaders to see what options are available to you.

What are the eligibility requirements for a Higher/Degree Apprenticeship?

You must be in full time employment (working a minimum of 30 hours per week) with an employer who is supporting your Apprenticeship, this includes committing to an agreed amount of time for off-the-job study.  All learners must provide certificated evidence of Maths and English GCSE level 4/C and above or equivalent certificates such as Functional & Key Skills Level 2 or above and Adult Numeracy and Literacy Level 2 or above. 

If you have certificates proving study of Maths and English at a higher level i.e. A-Level or Degree-Level Maths and English, these will also be acceptable.  For some courses, a Level 3 qualification will be expected, and a certificate will need to be provided. 

All certificates will be checked before, or at interview stage, and are compulsory to be on course.  If you are in the UK with a Visa, we will need to check this and ensure that you have the correct length of stay to complete your Apprenticeship and that you have the right to study and work.  Copies of this will also be required.  You must also spend 50% of your working week in England to meet eligibility requirements set out by the ESFA. 

If you are unsure if you meet the requirements for our Apprenticeships, please contact either the Programme Leader for your chosen course, our Apprenticeship Team at or you can visit the Government website.


Are the Apprenticeships coursework-based, or do I have to sit an exam at the end of my course?

<p><span>You will be expected to create a portfolio of work with support from your workplace mentors and course tutors.&nbsp; At the end of the Apprenticeship, you will complete an End Point Assessment (EPA).&nbsp; This will be explained to you throughout the Apprenticeship as you build up skills, knowledge and behaviours.&nbsp; For more information regarding the EPA, please see our course selection to see a breakdown of how your chosen course is delivered, you will also find contact details for the Programme Leader and you can contact them for more information.</span></p>

What is off-the-job training?

All learners must complete off-the-job training (OJT).  This is completed for the most part, during your time at university, but it can include work shadowing, workshops and presentations where you are learning how to complete a task that is relevant to your working role. This is an essential component of the Apprenticeship and it is important for both you and your employer to commit to managing the demands of study and working.

Once you reach your End Point Assessment, the assessor will check that you meet all the necessary requirements to achieve your Apprenticeship.  

What happens if I am made redundant or I leave my employer?

We all understand circumstances can change.  Wherever possible, we will support you to make the right decision for you.  If you are made redundant, you have a 12-week window in which to find another employer to support your Apprenticeship.  We can assist you with this and help you to explore your options if you are unable to find an employer.  If you leave your employment for reasons other than redundancy, speak to our Apprenticeship Team by contacting and your Programme Leader.  We want to ensure that we do everything we can to help you complete your programme.

What if I need to take a break from learning?

We understand that circumstances may arise that are unforeseen.  A Break in Learning (BIL) will be put into place if you miss more than 4 weeks’ study or work attendance.  Learning must be taking place in order for an Apprentice to remain on programme. 

The BIL has been set up to enable monitoring support if you require it and to allow you the opportunity to re-join the course at another point in time without you having to leave your Apprenticeship altogether. 

We want to ensure that you are given every opportunity to be part of our Apprenticeship programme. All that we ask is that you communicate with us, ensure you contact both your personal tutor and your employer should you have to be absent for any reason, and we will support you as much as we can.  With this in mind, we will also re-calculate your off-the-job training to ensure that you know how much you have to complete before the end of your Apprenticeship, and this may be necessary if you return with reduced hours.  (An Apprentice must do a minimum of 30 working hours per week including university time).

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For more information, please contact our Apprenticeship Team by emailing

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