Higher and degree apprenticeships for applicants

What is an apprenticeship?

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

Apprenticeships are partnerships between employers and training providers. 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 an 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 apprenticeship.

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.

2023-24 apprenticeship programmes

We currently offer a range of higher and degree apprenticeships at undergraduate and postgraduate level (Level 4 to Level 7) supporting various sectors including construction, real estate, planning and healthcare, 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.

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

The following programmes are open for registrations in September 2023:


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Entry requirements and eligibility

Our apprenticeships are only available to those employed as part of an agreed apprenticeship scheme in a related role, who are aged 16 or over, are not in full-time education and meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria.

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

To be eligible for funding apprentices must:

  • have the right to work and study in England
  • be in relevant employment and work for a minimum of 30 hours per week. The employment contract must cover the entire duration of the apprenticeship
  • spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for three years before the apprenticeship start date
  • only apply if the apprenticeship leads to substantive new skills and if learning is materially different from any prior qualifications
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How to apply

If you’re employed in a relevant role, please ask your employer to complete our enquiry formGo to the apprenticeship enquiry form. Once your employer confirms that they can support you through your apprenticeship, you will be sent a link to make an application.

If you’re not in suitable employment, but would like to view apprenticeship opportunities from our employer partners please register for vacancy alerts.

Join the apprenticeship vacancy mailing list

What our apprentices say

For employers

Mature students

Hiring an apprentice is a productive, cost-effective way to expand or upskill your workforce.

Visit our page for employers to learn how we can work with you.

Find out moreGo to Degree Apprenticeships for employers page


Safeguarding is an overarching term used to describe the protection of the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals. In the context of an apprenticeship provision, safeguarding means protecting apprentices at risk of abuse and neglect, ensuring they are safe, and that their health and development are not impaired. Under legislation, all parties involved in an apprenticeship have to take reasonable action to minimise risks to apprentices, placing safeguarding concerns at the heart of their training provision.

Contact us

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

For more information please contact our dedicated apprenticeships team on:

+44 (0) 207 911 5027 


Or fill out our enquiry formGo to the apprenticeship enquiry form and we'll get back to you shortly.