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.

On 8th November, NCUB held a one-day conference to consider the role of degree apprenticeships in delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy, closing skills gaps in key sectors and creating new high-value jobs. We are currently reviewing the conference outputs and will be publishing them on this page. Please follows us on Twitter for annoucnements.

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. 

Drawing on interviews with members of the National Centre, NCUB has published the report 'Degree Apprenticeships: Impacts, Challenges and Future Opportunities' considering the emerging effects that the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 is having on employer and provider practices including addressing and promoting social mobility.

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

Related content

Degree Apprenticeships – the facts

  • NCUB Report
    Read our report 'Degree Apprenticeships: Impacts, Challenges and Future Opportunities'
  • *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. Please note that the model of 1/3 employer to 2/3 government was a temporary measure introduced to facilitate degree apprenticeships between their inception in 2015 and the introduction of the Levy in April 2017. As this briefing came out in 2016, it refers to this older model.
  • Office for Students guide to Degree Apprenticeships
    Information and guidance about degree apprenticeships for students and potential apprentices, employers and providers.
  • 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.


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