See below for answers to the most frequently asked questions for prospective degree apprentices, for employers and for universities.
Prospective degree apprentices
How long does a degree apprenticeship take?
• A degree apprenticeship typically takes 3 to 6 years.
How is the degree apprenticeship course run?
• You are employed, and you learn both on the job and at your university. The way degree apprenticeships are delivered vary by employer and university, although all of them will include both practical on-the-job training and academic study. Study time away from work is typically the equivalent of a day per week, either in blocks or day release.
What are the entry requirements?
• Prospective degree apprentices need to satisfy the employer’s recruitment requirements and also the relevant university’s entry requirements, which will usually be contained within the employer’s recruitment materials. Universities usually express their entry requirements in the form of A-level grades or UCAS points. Candidates who don’t have these may still be considered if they have suitable work experience.
Does the degree apprentice receive a salary?
• Yes. Degree apprentices are full-time employees and their employers pay an appropriate training salary throughout the duration of their degree.
Who pays the fees?
• The government and / or employer pays the fees. Degree apprentices are not involved with university fees.
Are there any age restrictions?
• No, degree apprenticeships are open to people of any age.
Do degree apprentices continue to work for employers when the university is in recess?
• Yes. Degree apprentices are employees and perform duties in accordance with their employer’s needs.
Are degree apprenticeships available throughout the UK?
• Currently, degree apprenticeships are only available in England.
What are the benefits to students of studying a Tech Industry Gold accredited programme?
• You can be assured that this is a high quality programme, accredited by employers from across the digital sector for content, delivery and assessment which meet industry standards.
Where can I find out more about the degree apprenticeship courses?
• An overview is provided at about accredited degree apprenticeships. Then go to degree apprenticeship opportunities to see which universities have accredited courses and examples of employers who are offering degree apprenticeships. You can then explore employers’ own websites to find out more. The universities may also help to advertise local degree apprenticeship vacancies.
How can I apply for a Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeship?
You need to apply to an employer that is offering a degree apprenticeship. Go to degree apprenticeship opportunities to see which universities have accredited courses and examples of employers for whom they provide courses. The universities may also help to advertise local degree apprenticeship vacancies, and contact details are provided.
You can also do your own searches online, including at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship, and explore employers’ own websites to find out more.
What are the benefits to employers of choosing Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes?
• You can be assured that this is a high quality programme, accredited by employers from across the digital sector for content, delivery and assessment which meet industry standards.. Many employers also value the opportunity to collaborate with peers in industry and academia through the Tech Industry Gold Employer Network, and to contribute on behalf of industry to the evolution of degree and degree apprenticeship provision across the UK.
How can an employer find a suitable course for their degree apprentice?
• Please go to degree apprenticeship opportunities to see which universities have accredited courses. You can also contact us on [email protected].
What are the benefits to universities of offering Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes?
• Having an accredited programme gives you access to a rapidly growing market for Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeships. You will also get the most current information about Degree Apprenticeships through a unique knowledge-sharing forum with leading employers across the digital sector, plus access to unrivalled expertise on degree apprenticeship standards and assessment plans and how to implement them.
Many universities also value the opportunity to collaborate with peers in academic and industry through the Tech Industry Gold University Network, and to contribute on behalf of Higher Education to the evolution of degree provision across the UK.