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Our frequently asked questions section covers the main things you need to know about degree apprenticeships.

What is a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship combines vocational work-based learning with study for a university degree.

Who is eligible for a degree apprenticeship?

A degree apprenticeship is open to anyone who’s in employment, whether you’re a new recruit or an existing employee. You have to be 16 or over to be eligible for an apprenticeship, but there is no age limit.

You need to be supported by your employer. Some of our courses do have standard entry requirements.

As an employer you can also benefit from our AdEDA scheme and select your new apprentices from Teesside University's current students who are completing their first year of studies on a relevant degree, HNC or HND.

How is a degree apprenticeship taught?

Apprenticeships require on-the-job training combined with academic learning. Apprentices spend 80% of their time at work, and 20% of their time studying. Each programme has a mixture of learning through campus days, online sessions and workplace visits.

How long will it take?

There is no strict timeframe for a degree apprenticeship. They can take from two to five years depending on the programme.

What are the benefits to me as an employer?

Degree apprenticeships can provide your business with a range of benefits including:

  • access to funding and demonstrate your commitment to staff investment
  • attracting and retaining top talent to your organisation, putting you ahead of competitors
  • enhance and develop your workforce
  • the ability to fill higher-level skill gaps, improving business performance and increasing productivity

If I do a degree apprenticeship what are the benefits?

A degree apprenticeship allows you to develop and expand your existing skills and knowledge, while gaining a degree qualification. But this isn’t the only benefit. Other benefits include:

  • career development, boosting your earning potential
  • earn while you learn – receive a salary from your employer while doing your programme
  • experience student life, meet new friends and enjoy social activities
  • learn relevant skills to your sector, putting you ahead of the competition
  • no costs or tuition fees
  • receive support from your employer and the University.

How much do they cost and what funding is available?

If you’re an employer who pays the apprenticeship levy with bills over £3m training costs will be covered by the levy funds in your digital account.

Non-levy payers have access to the co-investment model with government funding available for up to 95% of the cost.

Find out more about government funding here

What are the entry requirements for an apprenticeship?

Each apprenticeship programme has course-specific entry requirements, details of which can be found on course pages.

In addition, the government requires that all higher and degree apprentices demonstrate evidence of English and maths qualifications at Level 2 (i.e., GCSEs at Grades 9-4 or A*-C, or equivalent) or above.

To study an apprenticeship at Teesside University, we require applicants to achieve these qualifications before starting their programme to give learners the best experience and chance of success.

Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of these qualifications as part of the recruitment process.

English and maths requirements

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