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Higher and degree apprenticeships bring together universities, employers, professional bodies and apprentices in a formal relationship to meet the skills needs of the economy. The Government has committed to providing three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Higher and degree apprenticeships are a priority for us and we are delivering a range of apprenticeships driven by employer demand.

Apprenticeship levels

Apprenticeships are offered at different levels - with the most recent additions being degree and higher level apprenticeships.

NameLevel Equivalent education level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4 First year of a degree programme
Higher 5 Foundation degree and above
Higher/Degree 6 Bachelors degree level
Higher/Degree 7 Masters degree and PhD level


An apprenticeship is formed of three main parts, which are undertaken while the Apprentice is employed in a relevant job role. It’s comprised of:

  1. A programme of study e.g. degree, HNC or BTEC
  2. A full-time paid job linked to your study e.g. surveyor, engineer, nurse
  3. An assessment at the end of the programme of study (End Point Assessment)

Apprenticeships at LSBU are offered at higher and degree level and come with rigorous entry requirements.

The apprenticeship levy

Businesses have access to the apprenticeship levy – a pot of money held by the Government, which is used to pay for the apprenticeship. Find out more about accessing the levy.

The benefits of apprenticeships are numerous

Apprenticeships are a cost effective way for businesses to develop their new and existing staff and hire fresh talent, while giving someone a life-changing opportunity. Take a look at the benefits of apprenticeships to find out more.

“When these students finish their studies, they already understand our business. They know how to work as part of a team, and they’re more confident too – they’ve seen how their skills and knowledge can make a real difference to significant, high value projects.”

- Eillish Kwai, Employment and Skills Manager at Ardmore Group

Who can undertake an apprenticeship?

Both new and existing staff can undertake an apprenticeship. Apprentices must be aged 16 or older and at LSBU all apprentices must be aged 18 or over at the start of teaching. There is no upper age limit.

Apprentices must meet our entry requirements – these vary by apprenticeship standard and can be found on the relevant apprenticeship standard page. If an apprentice already holds a degree, their qualification must be significantly different to the content of the apprenticeship. Take a look at who can be an apprentice.

Differences to employer sponsored study

Apprenticeships require that apprentices spend a certain amount of time on the job, in a role related to their subject. They are also required to spend an allocated amount of time (20%) off the job learning (e.g. at LSBU). Apprenticeships also have an End Point Assessment built in, which can lead to professional accreditation. These are specific features of apprenticeships, which do not apply to employer sponsored study.

The Apprenticeship Standards have been developed specifically to align with the needs of employers and making applicants’ skills match. Employer sponsored study does not have these requirements. As part of the apprenticeship, we will offer feedback to you and your apprentice on their attendance and progression on the apprenticeship.

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