Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships

We are developing a range of employer-led higher and degree apprenticeships in areas including digital technologies, engineering, health and social care, law and journalism. To do this, we’re working directly with employers, building on our strong track record of partnership with business and industry. If you don’t see what you're looking for below, contact us to see how we can work with you.

Apprenticeships include:

Coming soon:

  • Associate Nurse
  • Control/Technical Support Engineer (Automotive)
  • Electrical/Electronic Support Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer (Automotive)

What are higher and degree apprenticeships?

Higher and degree apprenticeships combine work with studying for a work-based higher education level qualification.

This government initiative enables you, as an employer, to get significant funding towards the cost of an apprenticeship – to recruit new staff or develop existing employees.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are developed by employers – for employers and employees; they deliver high level, highly sought-after skills while offering employees an alternative to a traditional degree course.

Apprentices gain technical knowledge and practical experience by combining on-the-job training with flexible study towards a higher education qualification, from the equivalent of a foundation degree to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree in some sectors.

The government has committed considerable funding to higher and degree apprenticeships so there has never been a better time to get involved.

Fees and funding

Employers are able to access government funding to help support tuition fees.

Higher apprenticeships – employer contribution up to £3,950

The government pays 100% of the tuition fees for 18 year olds and 50% of the fees for those aged 19+.

Degree apprenticeships – employer contribution up to £9,000

The government pays two thirds of the tuition fees.

There are a range of incentives available to the employer, subject to eligibility – contact us for details.

Frequently asked questions for employers

What about the levy?

The apprenticeship levy is not yet in force. It’s due to be applied from 1 April 2017 for all organisations with an annual payroll of over £3m.

Find out more about the apprenticeship levy and how it works here.

Apprenticeship Reforms and Key Information for Employers

How can you benefit?


  • Tuition fees are paid by a combination of employer and government investment
  • Develop the expertise you need with direct input into the skills provision for your sector
  • Upskill, motivate and retain your existing employees – with no age limit
  • Keep your business up to date with employees who have the latest industry skills and knowledge
  • Apprentices can fill higher-level skill gaps


  • Earn while you learn with no need for a student loan – your fees are paid by the government and your employer
  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification and gain professional accreditation or membership
  • Develop your career and increase your earning potential
  • Make connections with people in industry to help achieve your future career goals
  • No loans, no debts and no age limit


Work with us

Apprenticeships are led by employer demand. We are keen to work with organisations across all sectors, giving you real input into your sector’s skills provision. We have a track record of delivering work-related education, industry and business partnerships and learn-while-you-earn programmes - find out more here. We have worked with big brands and organisations for decades including GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS and the Metropolitan Police, and developed a modern apprentice partnership with the North East Chamber of Commerce.

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Let us help you develop your talented employees and grow their contribution to your organisation’s success.

We can offer advice and guidance on the changes to delivering apprenticeships – including accessing funding, the apprenticeship levy and apprenticeship incentives. Let us help you develop new trailblazer standards – a partnership between universities, employer groups and professional bodies working to co-design degree apprenticeships, tailored to meet employer needs.

If you have potential work opportunities which could benefit from a higher or degree apprenticeship, or if you are looking to upskill your current staff or recruit new staff, do get in touch. You can find out more about how we can work with you to deliver the higher or degree apprenticeship you need.


Why choose Teesside University?

We are developing higher and degree apprenticeships that are needed by business and industry right now, helping you to increase your skills and knowledge, take advantage of career progression opportunities and reach higher earnings potential.

At Teesside University you benefit from an excellent learning experience while working for your employer, large or small – it gives you the best of both worlds.

Your tuition fees are paid by your employer and the government. And you'll be paid throughout your programme, giving you a debt-free university experience and education.

Customer First

We guarantee quality. All our business services carry the Customer First Standard, a quality mark recognising excellent customer service. And we can also help you source financial support.

Our business service charter sets out our commitment to a professional business service for all our clients.

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