Apprenticeships for students

Students working on a project

A degree apprenticeship offers an alternative route to getting a university degree. Kick-start your career by studying a degree apprenticeship with us. 

If you are an employer looking to support a staff member through an apprenticeship, please see our information for businesses.  

Why should I do a degree apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships combine work with study. As an apprentice, you will study part-time and spend the rest of your time in the workplace. You will also: 

  • Earn a salary while you learn.
  • Receive on-the-job training.
  • Study towards a full bachelor’s degree.                           
  • Learn from experts and develop the skills needed in industry.                                
  • Get your studies funded by the Government and your employer, so you wont have student debt to worry about.*

*Because apprenticeships are funded by the Government and employers, apprentices are not eligible for student finance. This includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans. 

What can I study?

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree apprenticeship programmes across a range of subject areas, including business and management, engineering, health, construction and digital. Browse the list below to find a course to study. 

Application deadlines

Please be aware of the application deadlines below for each of our intakes. If an application hasn’t been received by this date, consideration will be given for the next available intake*.

June 2020 – Thursday 30 April 2020

September 2020 – Friday 31 July 2020

* Please note, only specific apprenticeship programmes have all three intakes. Please check your programme information for more details.

Our programmes

Undergraduate degree apprenticeships

Chartered Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Chartered Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Chartered Surveyor
BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate

Chartered Manager
BSc (Hons) Business and Management

Healthcare Science Practitioner
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (pathology lab based)

Civil Engineer
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Laboratory Scientist
BSc (Hons) Chemistry 

Social Worker
BA (Hons) Social Work



Postgraduate degree apprenticeships

Senior Leader
The Salford MBA

Senior Leader
MSc Leadership and Management 

Senior Leader
MSc Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice 

  • Download the factsheet
  • Visit our course page

Advanced Clinical Practitioner
MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner


Higher apprenticeships

Nursing Associate
FdSc Nursing Associate (Foundation Degree)

Associate Project Manager
CertHE Project Management Consultancy

Programmes in development

We are continually developing our degree apprenticeship programmes. Programmes currently in development include*: 

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Registered Nurse)
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (Physiotherapist)
*All of the programmes listed are subject to academic approval 


What our apprentices say

Bethany, Danielle and Chris are studying degree apprenticeships in quantity surveying. They are also getting on-the-job experience while they study at the construction companies Wilmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall and William Hare. Click on the links to read more about their apprenticeship journeys, or watch the video below.

An apprentice at work

How do I apply?

To apply for a degree apprenticeship you need to be in full-time employment in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through your studies. You must also meet the entry criteria for the programme you are interested in. Vacancies for apprenticeship are advertised on the Government’s website.

If you are looking to apply for a degree apprenticeship, please contact us at or 0161 295 4612.  


If you want to learn more about degree apprenticeships, read our frequently asked questions or contact us using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 4612.  

Choose your question

Who pays my tuition fees?

Degree apprenticeships are funded by your employer and the government, so as an apprentice you do not need to pay tuition fees for your course. Due to the nature of apprenticeships and how they are funded, you will not be eligible for student finance. This includes tuition fee loans and maintenance loans.

Where can I find a degree apprenticeship?

Vacancies for apprenticeship roles are listed on the Government’s website. As well as searching here, we also recommend checking job boards and company websites for vacancies. Following a recruitment process, which includes interviews, the employer will decide who they want for the position.

Am I eligible for a degree apprenticeship?

Just like our other students, you will need to meet the entry requirements for the course you are studying. You can find entry requirements for each apprenticeships on our course pages. In addition to individual course requirements, it is essential that you have GCSE Maths and English at C or above (or equivalent - see our guide for details). You will need to provide copies of your certificates upon application. This is a requirement of the apprenticeship and we are unable to accept applications without these. You also need to be over 16 and in paid employment with an employer who wants to support your apprenticeship.

What courses can I study on a degree apprenticeship?

We currently cover a wide range of disciplines. Scroll up to see our current list of courses. Our offer will grow as the government approves new apprenticeship standards. Find out more on the Institute for Apprenticeships website. 

How much time will I spend at work and university?

You will spend 80% of your time in your workplace and 20% of your time at university. We have a range of delivery modes available for courses, including day-release, block delivery and online learning. The mode of study will depend on the programme you choose.

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

Your degree will usually take between three and five years to complete. You will also need to undertake an end-point assessment, which must be completed up to 12 months after you’ve graduated.  

Will I receive a wage?

Yes, you will receive a wage, holiday pay, pension and any other benefits that your employer provides.

Get in touch

You can contact us using the enquiry form below, or 0161 295 4612.