Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

Higher apprenticeships go from level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above e.g. a professional qualification. Degree apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 (full bachelor’s and Master’s).

How do Higher and Degree Apprenticeships work?

Apprentices will complete an assessment at the end of the programme, which tests both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on-the-job training.

The programme can be structured in one of two ways:

  • Employers, training providers, and professional bodies come together to co-design a fully-integrated course specifically for apprentices, which delivers and tests both academic learning and on-the-job training. This may be the preferred approach for many sectors, as the learning is seamless and it doesn’t require a separate assessment of occupational competence.
  • Alternatively, sectors may wish to use existing programmes to deliver the academic knowledge requirements of that profession. They would then combine this with additional training to meet the full apprenticeship training requirements, and have a separate test of full occupational competence at the end of the programme.

What are the benefits of Higher Apprenticeships?

  • Apprentices are employed and paid a wage throughout the course.
  • Apprentices will gain a head start in their chosen profession.
  • Training costs are co-funded by the government and the employer.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

  • Level 7 Senior People Professional Standard
  • Level 7 Senior Leader Standard
  • Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 5 Learning and Skills Teacher Standard
  • Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
  • Level 5 Associate Continuing Healthcare Practitioner
  • Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate
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