University Of Greenwich Degree Apprenticeships

University Of Greenwich Degree Apprenticeships

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As a Degree Apprentice you will split your time between university study and the workplace but will be employed throughout. You get a full bachelor’s or master’s degree while earning a wage, as well as getting real on-the-job experience.

How they work

These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership. They offer students the opportunity to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship. You will receive a full time wage from your employer throughout the programme therefore Degree Apprentices’ do not require a student loan.

Degree Apprenticeships are a work-based learning option to gain a Degree. As a Degree Apprentice 80% of your programme is based in the workplace doing the role you are training for. The other 20% is designated to teaching whether that is day release to university, remote learning or independent study.

Upon completion of your Degree Apprenticeship you will receive a fully accredited degree, have no student loan debt and have valuable work experience from doing a role over the 3-4 year programme.

University Of Greenwich Degree Apprenticeships

The benefits

Employers know that Degree Apprenticeships bring unique skills, and a fresh, innovative approach to the workplace therefore are looking to seek out these individuals through an application / recruitment process.

The cost of course fees are shared between government and employers, meaning that the apprentice can earn a full degree without paying any fees. As well as being suitable for school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, the new qualifications are expected to strengthen the vocational pathway and aim to help existing employees’ upskill to progress in their career and education.

According to a recent study, apprentices earn on average £100,000 more than university students due to starting work earlier and not having to pay off any debt.

Available Degree Apprenticeships

The University of Greenwich are able to offer programmes in the following areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive Industry
  • Construction
  • Digital Industry
  • Electronic Systems
  • Healthcare
  • Leadership and Management
  • Life and Industrial Sciences

How to apply

The University of Greenwich will publish vacancies whenever an employer makes a position available. Each employer will have their own recruitment process which applicants will have to apply directly through.

While the university’s Degree Apprenticeship dedicated placements system is still in development please visit, where you will be able to search all companies, disciplines and levels of apprenticeship that are currently available.

University Of Greenwich Degree Apprenticeships

New degree apprenticeships to be launched at Greenwich

Date of release: Thursday, November 10, 2016

HEFCE and DADF Apprentice programmeNew degree apprenticeships which can open the door to top careers in a variety of industries will be on offer at the University of Greenwich.

A £4.5 million government fund is to be made available to just 18 specially chosen universities and colleges across the UK, including Greenwich. The funding will enable the university to expand its current portfolio of degree apprenticeships from September 2017.

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. In a scheme which brings together study with paid work, the apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer, as they complete a full honours degree.

The new apprenticeships on offer at Greenwich will include those in the areas of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science and Health and Social Care, and are expected to suit people embarking on careers in these fields.

Professor Javier Bonet, the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), says: “This exciting development gives young people and adults from all backgrounds the opportunity to fulfil both their educational and career ambitions.

“Greenwich is committed to this type of innovative, employer-led learning. Our apprentices will be able to combine first-rate academic learning and personal support with real-life practical skills. We aim to play our part in ensuring that the UK has the talented, creative and highly skilled workforce that it will need in the future.”

The university will also be investing its own funding into the project, and in time expects to deliver degree apprenticeships across all four of its faculties, spanning three campuses.

The national scheme will see more than 5,200 opportunities for apprentices being created. The successful projects to be awarded funding from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), in the first round of a two-year programme, were chosen from 70 institutions which made bids.

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon says: “Apprenticeships work – that’s why we’ve launched degree apprenticeships that give people a real chance to earn while you learn putting you on the fast-track to a top career.

“This multi-million pound fund will allow universities and colleges to work with top employers. Together, they will design high quality degree apprenticeships that give people a ladder of opportunity, more choice and help shape Britain to become an apprentice nation.”

Provisional figures released in October show an increase in the numbers of people starting higher and degree apprenticeships. More than 27,000 higher and degree apprenticeships were started in the 2015-16 academic year.

The Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund was established by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and continued by the Department for Education. More information is available here: