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Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships

By combining real work with rigorous study, degree apprenticeships help you to develop a highly-skilled workforce.

Designed with employers, our degree apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to attract, develop and retain talent. Apprentice students don’t pay fees; funding comes from the apprenticeship levy or Government co-investment.

Information for employers

Offer ambitious employees the prospect of a world-class degree without the debt. 

We work with local, regional and national businesses to understand strategic priorities and challenges, and develop the content of each programme to offer real value. We can tailor the programme to a sector, or even specifically adapt it for your business. 

We are currently developing a range of degree apprenticeships in the following areas: 

  • Management
  • Healthcare
  • Scientific careers
  • Engineering
  • Digital and Computer Science

To find out more about the range of degree apprenticeship programmes, or to you develop a course for your organisation, contact our degree apprenticeships team.

Useful links for employers

Estimate my apprenticeship funding

How the apprenticeship levy works

Rules and guidance for employers (PDF)

Download our Employers Guide (PDF)

Employer complaints policy (PDF)

Information for apprentices

A world-class degree without the debt

Degree apprenticeships offer you the chance to combine a job with a programme of academic study that awards a Bachelors or Masters-level qualification. And all whilst earning a salary.  

As an apprentice, you'll undertake on and off-the-job learning to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to your job. 

If you're in employment and interested in undertaking a degree apprenticeship, speak to your employer in the first instance. If you're not in employment, you can apply for a job that's advertised as an apprenticeship, or  talk to us about specific programmes. 

Basic eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a degree apprenticeship, you must be:

  • Over 16 and live in England or a citizen of EEA countries.
  • A non-EEA citizen legally resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship and have the right to work in England.
  • Employed and spend at least 50% of working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Qualified at Level 2 (equivalent to grades 4-9 at GCSE) or above in English and Maths. 

There will be additional academic entry requirements specific to each programme.

Useful links for apprentices

Guidance on becoming an apprentice

Apprentice Complaints Policy

Apprentice Complaints Procedure


Programmes we offer

Advanced Clinical Practitioner at Level 7

Now recruiting apprentices for September 2020.

Title: Master of Science Advanced Clinical Practice
Mode of delivery: Day release in term time
Duration: 30 months

Course structure

History taking clinical examination
and decision making 1

History taking clinical examination
and decision making 2

Non-medical prescribing

Advanced clinical practice
portfolio project

Transition to advanced
clinical practice




Full year 



Find out more: View the full course details

To apply: Contact our degree apprenticeships team

Useful links:

The Standard for Integrated Degree Apprenticeship for Advanced Clinical Practitioner at Level 7.

Integrated Degree Apprenticeship for Advanced Clinical Practitioner
at Level 7 - EPA



Architect at Level 7

Now recruiting apprentices for September 2020.

Qualification: MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2) and Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture (Part 3).
Mode of delivery: Day release on our Nottingham campus or our central London base. 
Duration: 50 months


Course structure
 Title Taught

 Practice research and development of skillset

 Year 1
 Exploration, theory, design and profession  Year 2
 Design theses and reflective portfolio  Year 3
 Professional practice  Year 4


Find out more: View the full course details.

To apply: Contact our degree apprenticeships team

Useful links:

IfA link to standard



Executive MBA Senior Leader at Level 7

Now recruiting apprentices for January and September 2020.

Qualification: Executive Masters in Business Administration degree and Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Managagement Institute (CMI)
Mode of delivery: Block release on our Nottingham campus. 
Duration: 42 months

Programme overview: The Level 7 Executive MBA Senior Leadership degree apprenticeship programme combines the best of research-led education with the world of work. It gives your apprentices the opportunity to learn the fundamental disciplines of management and combine that with their real-world experience.

The programme enhances the management capabilities of senior managers and prepares individuals for senior strategic roles. Enhanced knowledge and confidence enables them to be effective leaders in your organisation.

Find out more: View the full course details.

To apply: Contact the Degree Apprenticeships team.

Useful links: View the full apprenticeship standard on IfA.



Laboratory Scientist at Level 6 (chemical sciences route)

Now recruiting apprentices for September 2020.

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Industry
Mode of delivery: Block release on our Nottingham campus. 
Duration: 66 months

Programme overview:The Level 6 Laboratory Scientist (Chemistry) degree apprenticeship programme combines the best of research-led education with the world of work.

It gives your apprentices the opportunity to inform their academic studies with real-world experience, which enhances their learning and confidence and enables them to make significant contributions to your organisation – by refining scientific approaches, deepening research and expanding networks.

Find out more: View the full course details.

To apply: Contact the Degree Apprenticeships team.

Useful links: View the full apprenticeship standard on IfA.



Programmes in development

Bioinformatics Scientist Level 7

Standard details (external link)
Duration: 30 months

Take part in our programme consultation (external link)

Social Worker Level 6

Standard details (external link)
Duration: 36 months

Take part in our programme consultation (external link)


Statement of approach to subcontracting

The University of Nottingham uses subcontractors to complement its own delivery and where enhancements to teaching and learning for apprentices can be gained by partnering with specialist providers of subject-matter expertise. Additionally it uses subcontractors for L2 English, Maths or Functional Skills provision when required (the University does not deliver teaching and learning at L2). All subcontractors are subject to the University's Subcontracting Policy and a thorough due diligence process will be undertaken by the University as main provider to satisfy itself that the subcontractor has been selected fairly and has capacity, capability, quality and a good financial business standing (with the exception of when partnering with organisations that are exempt from providing this information to the Education and Skills Funding Agency as part of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Organisations, eg HEIs monitored by OfS, or large public sector organisations). The University will make subcontractor declarations to ESFA as required and will obtain an independent auditors report where subcontracting exceeds £100,000 annually.

The University provides the following services:

  • Review of capacity, capability and readiness prior to contract start
  • Assessment of subcontractors costs against Education and Skills Funding Agency apprenticeship funding rules (where the employer is the delivery subcontractor, special conditions are applied)
  • On-programme QA monitoring and review
  • Gaining employer and apprentice feedback on subcontracted provision 
  • Working with subcontractor to improve and refine programme content 

The University retains a nominal fee from the total funding for each apprentice for management of subcontracted activity. These fees are reviewed regularly and are adjusted as appropriate.  



Why choose the University of Nottingham?

By partnering with an institution celebrated for its academic excellence, pioneering research, employability and world-leading campuses and facilities, your business will be able to attract, retain and develop talent. 

  • We’re ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the UK’s top 15 by the latest QS World University Rankings (2018).
  • The UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017 rated Nottingham ‘gold’ for teaching and learning.
  • We were ranked 8th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).


Accommodation Facilities

Apprentices studying with us at the University of Nottingham as part of a degree apprenticeship do not qualify for student accommodation, and accommodation arrangements and costs are not included in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes. However, if you need to arrange accommodation on any of our campuses for an apprentice, please let us know and we'll do our best to signpost you to a number of possible accommodation options.

On-campus accommodation

There are two fully-serviced hotels on our University Park and Jubilee campuses which offer short stay visitors affordable and convenient accommodation. Our onsite facilities create an ideal place for apprentices to submerse themselves into an effective learning environment, whilst also providing high standard accommodation expected by professional learners.

There are also a number of accommodation options available in University of Nottingham student residences and in the city centre close to the University campus.



Ready to transform your business? 

To explore how your business will benefit from degree apprenticeships, get in touch with our team.

Lizzy Martin, Employer Engagement Manager
Tel +44 (0)115 748 7076
Email degree-apprenticeships@nottingham.ac.uk

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