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Degree apprenticeships

The Government is committed to expanding the number, range, and quality of apprenticeships that offer training at degree level. Degree apprenticeships combine ‘on the job’ training with study for a higher level qualification, giving you the highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce your business needs.

As part of this commitment, the Government is developing a new range of Apprenticeship Standards, which will be paid for through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Below is a brief summary of these changes. Much of this is still in development and this page will be regularly updated.

The Apprenticeship Levy

As of April 2017 all UK employers with a payroll of more than £3 million per year will pay a Levy of 0.5 percent to support apprenticeships. This will be collected by the Government through PAYE, with the first £15,000 offset.

Employers will be able to ‘spend’ their Levy on apprenticeships via a digital account. Those whose payroll is less than £3 million will not pay a Levy, but will still have access to funding via a digital account through a ‘co-fund mechanism’, to support their own degree apprenticeships.

How does a Degree Apprenticeship work?

The apprentice, like any other apprentice, must be employed and paid a wage; but can be a new recruit or existing member of staff.

Degree Apprenticeships will be provided through universities, and UWE Bristol aims to be a key provider in the region, in partnership with further education colleges.

Employers can develop a programme of study with us to meet their specific delivery needs for their employees. An apprenticeship is defined through a Standard which states the knowledge, skills, and behaviours the apprentice needs to develop during their programme of study. These Standards are developed by Industry to meet the needs of that sector.

Standards are split into various levels, from Level 2 (GCSE) to Level 7 Master Degree. Download the current GOV.UK approved Standards. More are awaiting approval.

Need more information?

Please read our degree apprenticeships FAQs. Alternatively, register to attend our 'Apprenticeships are changing' event on Wednesday 8 March.  

Current Degree Apprenticeships

UWE Bristol's Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)

Developed in association with the CMI, our CMDA is suited to those looking to begin or develop a career in a variety of management functions and roles by combining work and study for a full bachelor’s degree. Allowing employers to attract new talent, particularly high-calibre school-leavers, who are keen to earn a full bachelor’s degree in a work-based environment. It will allow employers to acquire the graduate level skills they need, where the training costs including the degree, are co-funded by government.

Degree Apprenticeships in development:

Healthcare Science Practitioner

  • BSc Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering)
  • BSc Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)
  • BSc Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences

Laboratory Science

  • FdSc Laboratory Science

Systems Engineer

  • MSc Digital Systems Engineering

Chartered Surveyor

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
  • BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate (in partnership with Bridgwater College)

Digital and Technology Solutions Professional

  • BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions (Weston College)

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development

  • BEng (Hons) Electronics and Computer Engineering (in partnership with Gloucester College)

Aerospace Engineer

  • BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (City of Bristol College)

Find out more

UWE Bristol plans to welcome its first degree apprentices in 2017.

If you would like to find out about the Levy and Degree Apprenticeship please visit our FAQs section or email us at

If you are looking to become an apprentice, take a look at the apprenticeship opportunities we offer.


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