What are degree apprenticeships?
Degree Apprenticeships are a new type of apprenticeship, which combine the workplace learning of a traditional apprenticeship with a higher education qualification. They can also include professional qualifications relevant to the industry.
The apprenticeships run for the duration of the degree course with apprentices spending around 20% of their time at university and the rest with their employer. In Wales, a Degree Apprenticeship will be a minimum of three years and usually up to a maximum of five years in length.
Degree apprenticeships are currently available in Wales for people who are looking to start careers in IT, engineering or advanced manufacturing.
How do they work?
Just like traditional apprentices, degree apprentices work alongside experienced employees to gain practical skills and experience while receiving external training. This means that degree apprentices finish their course with the skills they need to succeed at work, as well as the higher-level knowledge that comes with a degree qualification.
Employers in Wales can offer a degree apprenticeship in IT, engineering or advanced manufacturing through a partnership with a university in Wales.
Degree Apprenticeships currently available are listed in the table below. Please contact your local university for more information, as new apprenticeships are under development.
|Aberystwyth University||Under development||Professor Tim Woods
Tel: 01970 622009
Judith Shepherd – Project lead
Deputy Registrar for Academic Partnerships
Tel: 01970 622287
|Bangor University||Software||BSc Applied Software Engineering Hons||Admissions Tutor
Tel: 01248 382686
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Cardiff University||Under development||IT/Software Engineering:
School of Computer Science and Informatics
Telephone:Tel: (0)29 2087 0321
Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing:
Professor Alan Kwan
Professor, Deputy Head of School
School of Engineering
Telephone:Tel: (0)29 2087 6834
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||Data||BSc (Hons) Applied Data Science||Centre for Work Based Learning Team:
Tel: 029 20 416037 or 029 2020 5511
|The Open University in Wales||Software||BSc (Hons) Applied Software Engineering||Rhys Daniels, Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager
Tel: 02921 674547
|Swansea University||Software||BSc (Hons) in Applied Software Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org
Liam O’Reilly, Programme Director
Tel: 01792 604033
Maria Moller, Business Liaison Officer
Tel: 01792 606998
|University of South Wales||Software||BSc (Hons) in Applied Software Engineering||Employers:
Tel: 01443 482 482
|University of South Wales||Software||BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions||Ian Fitzell, Course Leader
Tel: 01443 482472
|University of South Wales||Under development||Cyber Security course (September)||Ian Fitzell, Course Leader
Tel: 01443 482472
|University of Wales Trinity Saint David||Data||BSc (Hons) Computing (Data & Information Systems)||email@example.com
Tel: 01267 676814
Bridget Moseley, Head of Apprenticeship Unit
Tel: 01267 676901
Principal Apprenticeship Administrator
Tel: 01267 676814
|University of Wales Trinity Saint David||Cyber||BSc (Hons) Computing (Computer Networks & Cyber Security)|
|University of Wales Trinity Saint David||Software||BSc (Hons) Computing (Software Engineering)|
|Wrexham Glyndŵr University||Cyber||BSc (Hons) Cyber Security||Enterprise@glyndwr.ac.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org||
|Wrexham Glyndŵr University||Software||BSc (Hons) Computing|
Students who live and study in Wales would usually apply for a Tuition Fee Loan up to the maximum cover of £9,000 for tuition fees. The Welsh Government will fund this for students applying for a Degree Apprenticeship, and the employer covers the cost of the degree apprentice’s wages.
As the Welsh Government funds degree apprenticeships through the regulator Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), employers can be confident that degree apprenticeships will be subject to the same quality assurance as other higher education provision.
Who can apply?
Anyone in Wales who meets the university entry requirements for the degree apprenticeship. This is usually someone with qualifications at Level 3 or equivalent on the Credit Qualifications Frame Work (CQFW), and/or relevant industry experience. The employer and university or college offering the degree apprenticeship might set specific subjects and grades.
To start an apprenticeship in Wales, you need to be:
- aged 16 or over – there is no upper age limit
- working in Wales for 51% or more of your time
- in a job role appropriate to the apprenticeship
What are the benefits for employers?
Degree apprenticeships are a great way to encourage talent into the organisation or to up-skill existing staff.
Degree apprenticeships are flexible – they can be designed around the needs of the employer and can help to fill skills gaps, scout new talent, reduce recruitment costs, remain competitive and assist with business growth.
Business of any size in Wales can take on degree apprentices so register your interest now to find out more.