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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships at Bucks New University

Higher and Degree apprenticeships are a partnership between industry and higher education institutions to better meet the needs of employers and provide a flexible route for employees to access the life-changing opportunities offered by higher education.

Benefits to the individual

  • Earn a salary while training in an occupation, gaining employment experience and a degree and/or professional qualifications
  • No student debt
  • Career progression

Benefits to the employer

  • Attract new talent to your business or organisation
  • Develop and up-skill your existing workforce in a cost-effective manner
  • Recruit and develop ambitious, motivated employees
  • Increase retention by offering your workforce the chance to develop and progress
  • Tailor the apprenticeships to your business requirements
  • Work around your organisation's business needs with a flexible range of study options for students including block delivery at University, day release, blended and distance (online) learning

What funding is available?

  • There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • From April 2017, apprenticeships will be funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Employers paying the Levy can claim back their payment to fund apprenticeships.
  • All employers can receive up to 90% funding towards the cost of training and assessment of apprenticeships

What is the employer's commitment?

  • To work in partnership with Bucks New University
  • Develop a programme tailored to the needs of their organisation
  • Provide a suitable working environment and facilities for support and development of higher apprenticeships
  • Ring fence at least 20% of an apprentice's time for off-the-job training/academic learning (which can be in the workplace or at one of the University sites)

What is the University's commitment?

  • We will work in partnership with you
  • Your own Key Account Manager and a dedicated Apprenticeship Hub to provide support to your business throughout the apprenticeship journey
  • Your apprentice will have their own tutor who will visit them in the workplace to support their learning

What apprenticeships are available at Bucks New University?

We plan to offer selected subjects from September 2017, with others launching in the New Year. Courses will be geared toward the following sectors:-

  • Management
  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Law
  • Cyber
  • Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Early Years
  • Healthcare and nursing
  • Police
  • Academic Professional
  • Broadcasting

To be part of these exciting developments or simply find out more, please email our dedicated Apprenticeships Hub at

Are these new Apprenticeships only for School leavers?

There is no upper age limit. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships specifically can be offered to anyone over the age of 19.

The training costs for employers may vary for individuals depending on their age but an apprentice does not need to be young or new to your organisation. They do however need to be providing education for a new or different role for that individual not just professional development to improve on the job that they are currently doing

What levels of apprenticeship are there?

There are now different levels of apprenticeships to meet the needs of staff at all the different levels within your company or organisation.

1. Intermediate Apprenticeships are equivalent to GCSE level (Level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A-Levels (Level 3)

2. Higher Apprenticeships incorporate qualifications that are equivalent to a foundation degree (levels 4 and 5). Apprentices may also study for qualifications at levels 6 and 7 that does not include a full bachelors or master's degree, for example professional qualifications, postgraduate certificates or diplomas.

3. Degree apprenticeships aim to have the apprentice achieve a full bachelor's degree (Level 6), master's degree (Level 7) of even a doctorate (Level 8) upon completion.

What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?

A Higher Apprenticeship (HA) is a nationally accredited work-based programme where the apprentice can learn skills directly relevant to employment while working in a skilled occupation. It includes a nationally recognised professional qualification equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND), Diploma in higher education or Foundation degree.

A Degree Apprenticeship (DA) is the latest model to be developed as part of higher apprenticeship standards, with apprentices achieving a full bachelor's or master's degree as a core component of the apprenticeship. They also combine both higher and vocational education and are assessed in both occupational competence and academic learning. This can be done by using a fully-integrated degree co-designed by employers and the university specifically as a degree apprenticeship, or using a degree plus a separate end-point assessment test of professional competence. Both models are used alongside a training plan to meet the individual learning needs of the apprentice.

Is the Apprenticeship the qualification that the apprentice studies for?

No it is not. The apprenticeship is a defined training programme against an occupational standard. The apprentice will need to successfully complete the apprenticeship against those standards by passing an end-point assessment. Universities are working with employers to make the apprenticeship journey for both employers and their apprentices as straightforward as possible.

A full list of higher and degree apprenticeship standards ready for delivery, and in development, can be found on the apprenticeship standards page.

How much time will my Apprentice spend studying at university?

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are a job which involves a significant training element. Each apprenticeship will look different as it is tailored to the training needs of the individual to fulfil the job role, any professional body or statutory requirements and other needs of the company/organisation. This will dictate the length of time necessary to complete the apprenticeship and the pattern of attendance at university/college. This could be day release, block training or a combination of the two depending on the programme chosen. All apprenticeships involve work-based learning with both informal and formal.

What are Apprenticeship Standards?

The standards for DAs are short, concise and clear. They set out the range of full competence needed in an occupation/profession are employer-led and co-designed by Trailblazer groups of universities and employers in partnership to meet employer needs and where relevant professional body regulations.

A degree apprenticeship against a Standard requires a minimum of a year's training with 20% of that off-the-job (usually in an HEI).

Find out more about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

To fund these apprenticeships the Government will be placing a Levy on employers with a payroll of over 3 million pound per annum at 0.5% of that bill. A Digital Account with HMRC will be set up for large employers who will be able to draw down that Levy on a monthly basis (see Q8 for more information).

How do I pay the Apprenticeship?

Employers who pay the levy will see the money they have paid for apprenticeships appear in their digital account. They will be able to spend it on apprenticeship training, but only on apprenticeship training, and employers will be able to get out more than they put in. The levy cannot be spent on ad hoc staff development such as health and safety training or executive coaching for example. After spending the Apprenticeship Levy, such employers can draw a 90% subsidy on any further training and development.

Non-Levy paying employers who would like to train an apprentice, will need to co-invest 10% and will benefit from government funding to cover the remaining 90% of the cost.

As new standards come out and employers raise the need for new apprenticeships our portfolio will increase and we will update this website. If you have any ideas or questions, please contact the Apprentice Hub at