About accredited Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are the fastest-growing route to attracting top talent into business. They attract high calibre candidates who gain all the benefits of on-the-job learning and a fee-free Honours degree.

Designed by leading employers, ‘Tech Partnership Degrees’ accredits digital degree apprenticeships to equip degree apprentices to work in a wide range of graduate-level tech roles, including cyber security analyst, data analyst, business analyst, network engineer, software engineer and more.

Quick facts

  • In a nutshell: Degree apprentices are full-time employed members of staff who work in your business while studying towards a university-awarded Honours degree
  • Duration: 3-5 years, most commonly 4 years
  • Candidates: new recruits or existing team members (no age limit)
  • Study time: typically, the equivalent of a day per week, either for block or day release study at university or college, or to study online
  • Support: employers provide their degree apprentices with study time and access to resources they may need to succeed, such as mentoring support
  • Salary: employers are expected to pay an appropriate training salary over the duration of their degree apprentices’ study, with starting salaries currently ranging from £14,000 to £22,500
  • Recruitment: through the employer’s own website and recruitment campaigns, supported by the university or college, which in most cases will also advertise vacancies
  • Larger employers: companies with an annual payroll of £3m+, and therefore liable to pay the apprenticeship levy from May 2017, will be able to fund up to 100% of a degree apprentice’s tuition costs from their levy contribution
  • Smaller employers: SMEs can claim 90% of these costs from the government, leaving them to pay only 10% themselves
  • Coverage: degree apprenticeships are currently only available in England, although there are plans to extend to other parts of the UK in the near future


Degree apprenticeships are offered at BSc and MSc levels. Discover more on each: