What is a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship is an alternative route to achieving a university degree qualification while gaining valuable work experience and without being in full-time education.

Introduced by the government in 2015, degree apprenticeships are partnerships between employers and universities. They're ideal for school leavers or if you’re already working and seeking higher-level training with the support of your employer.

Why should I do a degree apprenticeship?

Working in a related role and earning while you learn, you'll receive on-the-job specialist training and will spend 20% of your time doing off-the-job training – with the possibility of gaining professional accreditation depending on the course. There are no tuition fees, as these are met by your employer and the government, so no need for a student loan! You’ll be building your professional network and strengthening your CV from the start.

Figure walking up stairs
Get ahead

94% were satisfied with their degree apprenticeship, 84% received a pay rise and 53% got a promotion in 2018-19. View findings on the gov.uk website

Architect icon
Gain valuable experience

Earn while you learn, get paid a competitive salary, gain valuable work experience and graduate with all the benefits of a degree without the debt

coins icon in turquoise
Increase your earning potential

Lifetime earning potential increases by £150,000 for those with a university degree, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)

Westminster Business School students in Learning Platform

Entry requirements and eligibility

To be eligible for our degree apprenticeships, you must be age 18 or over, live in England and be employed as part of an agreed apprenticeships scheme.

You must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course. 

If you’re not currently employed, you’ll need to secure a full-time position with an employer in a related role. We will try to put you in touch with one of our partner employers.

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

Students writing in a lecture theatre

How to apply

You can learn more about our apprenticeship programmes by visiting the course pages in the table below, or by calling our dedicated apprenticeships team to discuss your options.

If you’re already working in a related role and your employer is supporting your application for a degree apprenticeship, click the relevant 'Apply now' link and fill out the online application form.

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

What our apprentices say

Group of students by Marylebone Campus

The best part of being an apprentice is that I'm already in employment, I'm meeting people who are in the same situation as me, and no job interviews when I graduate!"

Bronwen, apprentice at the University of Westminster

2020-21 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.

You'll receive an individual learning plan which clearly sets out our expectations of you and your 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.


The following programmes are starting in September 2020:



The following programmes are in development for January 2021:


Any questions? Get in touch

Contact us with any queries – we're keen to help you understand how our apprenticeships offer an alternative route to a degree without the need to take out a student loan.

+44 (0) 207 911 5027

[email protected]


You can also read the UK government's guide for prospective apprentices and factsheet for parents

Upcoming programmes for 2021-22

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

The following programmes are in development for September 2021:



Degree award Apprenticeship programme  Application form
BSc (Hons) Building Control Surveying Level 6 Building Control Surveyor Coming soon
BSc (Hons) Chartered Manager Level 6 Chartered Manager Coming soon
BSc (Hons) Project Management Level 6 Project Manager Coming soon
BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Level 6 Digital and Technology Professional Coming soon



Degree award Apprenticeship programme  Application form
MBA Senior Leader – Major Project Management Level 7 Senior Leader Coming soon
MSc Digital Technology Solutions Specialist Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Coming soon

Contact us

We are keen to help you understand how our apprenticeships offer an alternative route to a degree without the need to take out a student loan.

For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:

+44 (0) 207 911 5027 

[email protected]