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Higher and degree apprenticeships

Information on what higher and degree apprenticeships are and a summary of upcoming opportunities for programmes starting in 2022.

Applies to England


Higher degree vacancy listing

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Higher apprenticeships go from level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above. Degree apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 and are equivalent to a full bachelor’s and Master’s.

They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

You can search for current higher and degree apprenticeships on Find an apprenticeship

Higher and degree vacancy listing

This document will provide a listing of the higher and degree vacancies available with a variety of apprenticeship employers. If you are interested in the job role you will be able to click the link to apply or submit an expression of interest.

Graduates moving onto apprenticeships

Graduates are able to apply for an apprenticeship as the next step in their career after gaining their degree, if this means acquiring substantive new skills. This ensures that an individual is not funded twice to do the same training.

You can look at specific apprenticeships on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website to see if the course content is substantially different to your prior training and education.

You should also contact training providers for advice on your eligibility based on your prior learning.

Graduates considering their next steps can find a range of useful information in the Graduate employment and skills guide from the Office for Students.

The guide sets out 5 important steps to help graduates think about their choices and what they would like to do next:

  • identifying skills
  • developing skills
  • gaining experience
  • applying for jobs
  • wellbeing

Published 6 November 2015
Last updated 13 December 2021 – hide all updates

  1. 13 December 2021Updated the introductory text. Replaced the old higher and degree listing with the 2022 version. Removed the old Which? 2019 guidance.
  2. 1 July 2021Added a new section on graduates considering apprenticeships after completing their degree, including a link to new guidance on employment and skills for graduates from the Office for Students.
  3. 1 April 2021Removed out of date vacancy listing
  4. 19 February 2021Updated the higher and degree vacancy listing.
  5. 6 February 2020Added higher and degree vacancy listing.
  6. 1 October 2019Attached Higher degree apprenticeships list.
  7. 27 February 2019We have updated the complete guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.
  8. 26 February 2019Updated the higher and degree vacancy listing.
  9. 20 November 2018Added higher and degree vacancy listing.
  10. 14 May 2018Updated the complete guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.
  11. 11 April 2018Updated guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.
  12. 24 November 2017Updated guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.
  13. 20 March 2017Updated higher and degree apprenticeships fact sheet.
  14. 17 November 2016Updated higher and degree apprenticeship fact sheet.
  15. 4 April 2016Added the complete guide to higher and degree apprenticeships to publication page.
  16. 22 February 2016Updated version of the Higher and degree apprenticeship fact sheet.
  17. 8 January 2016Updated Higher and degree apprenticeship factsheet.
  18. 6 November 2015First published.

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