What is a degree apprenticeship?

Combining academic study, practical experience and the wider employment skills vital for career success, apprenticeships were launched by the government in 2015 to help stem the skills gap and support economic growth.

Open to new and existing staff, apprentices are employed in full-time paid positions, learning on the job (at no cost to them) while studying for a degree qualification through an 80/20 split of on- and off-the-job training.

Why take on an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice is a productive, cost-effective way to expand or upskill your workforce, better preparing you for the challenges of a global economy. Our work-based training is designed in partnership with industry and can be tailored to meet your needs. The chance to gain an additional qualification will not only help you attract new talent but also keep existing staff motivated and committed for the long-term, improving employee retention.

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Increase productivity

86% of employers say apprenticeships develop skills relevant to their organisation and 78% report improved productivity. View findings on the gov.uk websiteGo to Employer Benefits page on gov.uk site.

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Spread the cost

Use your Apprenticeship Levy to pay tuition fees, and if your annual pay bill is less than £3million, share the cost with a government contribution of up to 95%.

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Improve employee retention

90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship, improving employee retention and avoiding costly recruitment.

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Why partner with us?

Our world-leading academic experts have a long history of working with industry to innovate, achieve competitive advantages and drive their businesses forward.

Supporting the local economy, we offer degree apprenticeships and professional development – and we co-founded the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College for 14-19-year-olds to train the next generation of professional engineers, technicians and innovators.

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Funding and levy

If your pay bill is greater than £3million per year, you're required by the government to pay an apprenticeship levy, which can be used to fund your employees’ degree apprenticeships or transfer to another employer. For pay bills less than this, you’ll receive government funding towards training apprentices according to set funding bands. You may also be eligible to claim a £1,000 cash incentive if your apprentice is between 18 and 24, has been in care or has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

All employers must pay the apprentice’s salary, at least the relevant minimum wage rate

You can read detailed employer guidance on apprenticeship funding on the gov.uk websiteGo to funding page on gov.uk site.

 

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Entry requirements and eligibility

Our degree apprenticeships are only available to those employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme in a related role, who are aged 18 or over, live in England and are not in full-time education.

They must also meet the entry requirements of the course. If you would like your employees to become part of our apprenticeships programme, please contact us to discuss your needs.

Employers are required to release their apprentices into off the job training for 20% of their contracted employment hours.

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How to apply

You can learn more about our apprenticeship programmes by visiting the course pages in the table below. You can also contact us at any time to discuss your needs directly.

When you’ve found a suitable programme, please ask your employee to click the relevant 'Apply now' link and fill out the online apprenticeship application form.

We'll be in touch to take you through the next steps to complete the contracting process.

Any questions? Get in touch

Contact us with any queries – we're keen to help you understand how apprenticeships can support your business. 

+44 (0) 207 911 5027

You can also find useful information for employers on the gov.uk websiteGo to the right apprenticeship page on gov.uk site.

What our partners say

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You get a different mix of people to the usual graduate intake. We have found them to be better motivated and better trained, more useful, by the time they qualify."

John Banbury, Allsop

2021-22 Apprenticeship programmes

We currently offer a range of degree apprenticeships (at undergraduate and postgraduate level) supporting the construction, real estate, planning and healthcare sectors, some of which lead to a professionally accredited qualification.

Each apprentice receives their own learning plan which clearly sets out the expectations placed on them and you as their employer. Work-based learning is recorded via our online apprenticeship platform.

Both the Construction Site Manager and Construction Quantity Surveyor apprenticeships are open for Level 5 entry.

Undergraduate

The following programmes are starting in September 2021:

 

Degree award Apprenticeship programme  Course Description Application form
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Level 6 Chartered Surveyor View courseGo to BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course page Apply nowGo to application form for BSc(Hons) Building Surveying degree apprenticeship
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Level 6 Chartered Surveyor View courseGo to BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course page Apply nowGo to application form for BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree apprenticeship
BSc (Hons) Real Estate  Level 6 Chartered Surveyor View courseGo to BSc (Hons) Real Estate course page Apply nowGo to application form for BSc (Hons) Real Estate degree apprenticeship
BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner View courseGo to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science course page Apply nowGo to application form for BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree apprenticeship
BSc (Hons) Construction Management Level 6 Construction Site Management View courseGo to BSc (Hons) Construction Management course page Apply nowGo to application form for BSc (Hons) Construction Management, Level 6 Construction Site Management degree apprenticeship
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Level 6 Construction Quantity Surveyor View courseGo to BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course page Apply nowGo to application form for BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, Level 6 Construction Quantity Surveyor degree apprenticeship

Postgraduate

The following programmes are starting in September 2021:

 

Upcoming programmes for 2021-22

We continue to review our course portfolio, working with employers to provide new, relevant apprenticeship programmes. 

If you're an employer interested in working with us to develop a high-quality programme to meet the needs of your organisation, please get in touch by emailing .

The following programmes are in development for September 2021:

Undergraduate

 

Degree award Apprenticeship programme  Application form
BSc (Hons) Building Control Surveying Level 6 Building Control Surveyor Coming soon
BSc (Hons) Project Management Level 6 Project Manager Coming soon
CertHE in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Level 4 Construction Quantity Surveyor Technician Coming soon
CertHE in Construction Management Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Coming soon
CertHE in Project Management Level 4 Associate Project Manager Coming soon

Upcoming programmes for 2022-23

Undergraduate

 

Degree award Apprenticeship programme  Application form
BSc (Hons) Chartered Manager Level 6 Chartered Manager Coming soon
BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Level 6 Digital and Technology Professional Coming soon

Postgraduate

 

Degree award Apprenticeship programme  Application form
MSc Digital Technology Solutions Specialist Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Coming soon

For applicants

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A degree apprenticeship is an alternative route to achieving a university degree while gaining valuable work experience.

Visit our page for applicants to learn more about the benefits of doing a degree apprenticeship.

Find out moreGo to degree apprenticeships for applicants page

 

Contact Us

We are keen to establish new relationships with employers from a wide range of sectors and welcome enquiries.

For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:

+44 (0) 207 911 5027

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