Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships222Degree apprenticeships are a hot topic among both employers and universities. With the Apprenticeship Levy having come into force in April 2017, and the number of available standards increasing all the time, interest continues to rise. We have curated some key content on degree apprenticeships below.

What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Co-designed by employers and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), these new programmes involve a combination of vocational and higher education learning, in which both academic and occupational proficiencies are tested, and for which the attainment of a degree is an integral part of the course. 

The National Centre’s briefing paper on Degree Apprenticeships offers insights into how they are organised, the reasons for their development and the sectors in which they are most prominent.

What is the National Centre for Universities and Business doing in this area?

Degree apprenticeships require close collaboration between universities and business to co-create new talent solutions that meet the needs of both learners and employers. We have been speaking to member universities and businesses that are currently engaging with degree apprenticeships to better understand the challenges and benefits as well as the wider implications for employers’ talent acquisition and development programmes, and the consequences, intended or otherwise, for universities and their graduates. 

Listed below, we’ve gathered the latest research, case studies and opinion around this topic. If you would like to contribute please email

Related content

Degree Apprenticeships – the facts

  • NCUB Briefing 
    Insight into what Degree Apprenticeships are, as well as how they are organised, the reasons for their development and the sectors in which they are most prominent.
  • HEFCE guide to Degree Apprenticeships
    Resources for universities, information on the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund and a useful FAQ section.
  • Department for Education guidance
    Overview of apprenticeship funding in England and guidance to businesses on how the Apprenticeship Levy works.
  • Quality Assuring Higher Education in Apprenticeships
    Apprenticeship policy in the UK is devolved - this guide from QAA provides a helpful overview of the context and current quality assurance arrangements in each nation.


Member Case Studies 



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