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Information for apprentices

What is a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships combine higher education with practical work experience. You are employed in a paid, full-time role which allows you to gain new skills and knowledge both “on-the-job”, in the workplace, and “off-the-job”, with a training provider. On successful completion you will achieve an apprenticeship certificate and a degree qualification.

How do they work?

Degree apprenticeships are designed so that the majority of learning takes place in the workplace, with a minimum of 6 hours a week dedicated to academic learning (either online or in-person, depending on the programme.) Practically, this translates to a four day work week and one study day each week for your academic learning. Undergraduate degree apprenticeships are typically a similar duration to a traditional degree, but some may take longer. They take place across the entire year rather than typical university terms or semesters.

Who is an apprenticeship for?

With our degree apprenticeship programmes, you can gain a relevant qualification, knowledge, skills and behaviours to fast track your career and prepare for your future. Your training will be paid for, leaving you with no student debt.

Our apprenticeship programmes are suitable for recent school leavers, or for upskilling and re-skilling if you are mid-career. We are committed to lifelong learning, pastoral support and to providing routes into digital careers for underrepresented groups. 

What qualifications do I need?

To do a degree apprenticeship you will usually need to have finished your A Levels (or equivalent like Level 3 BTEC or Level 3 apprenticeship) and meet some other eligibility criteria, such as having resided in the UK for at least three years before the start of your apprenticeship and having the right to work in the UK. Because degree apprenticeships combine a job with training, you’ll also need to be hired by an employer. Each employer can set their own entry criteria, with their own process, which means you might end up needing to make several applications to different employers.

What apprenticeships are available at NU London?

At NU London, we offer higher & degree apprenticeships in science and technology subjects, with a focus on digital skills that are in high-demand with employers. You can view our full apprenticeship portfolio here. Please note, if you are already connected with an employer we encourage you to get in touch. If you are a prospective apprentice looking for apprenticeships, we suggest you take a look at the government website here. If you would like us to keep your details on file please fill out the below form and we will notify you of any vacancies.