Learn while you earn to progress

Degree apprenticeships are nationally-recognised qualifications that allow you to study for a degree relevant to your chosen profession while you work. Degree apprenticeships are being developed at Kingston University with employers to provide existing employees and new recruits with the skills and knowledge employers require. On successful completion, degree apprenticeships provide graduate apprentices with a solid foundation for career progression.

Employers who offer degree apprenticeships demonstrate a clear commitment to staff development that is benchmarked against professional standards, and recognise the importance of attracting and retaining talented staff.

Apprenticeship standards

Apprenticeship standards are developed by employer groups known as "trailblazers". They describe the occupational profile linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours that bring full competence in a particular occupation, such as architect, aerospace engineer, project and business manager, civil engineer, building and quantity surveyor, teacher, nursing, cyber security, data scientist etc. The standards describe how an apprentice can demonstrate mastery of this occupation by the end of the apprenticeship.

A list of standards can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) website.

Employee eligibility

To qualify for a degree apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job for a minimum of 30 hours per week and your employer will need to agree to you enrolling onto the course.

Funding: who pays?

As an apprentice you will not pay any tuition fees; this is paid for by your employer.

The route to a degree apprenticeship at Kingston University is through a levy-paying employer therefore you must already be employed by a company or organisation that is a levy paying member of the scheme.

The levy (fee) paid by employers provides the funds for degree apprenticeship tuition fees.

Course duration and attendance

The duration of an individual degree apprenticeship programme is outlined within the approved standards. This includes academic learning to develop underpinning knowledge for development of professional skills and behaviours, known as 20% off-the-job training.

Full details of our degree apprenticeship programmes, including subject matters covered, can be found in a relevant brochure.

Why choose Kingston

Kingston University's strong focus on teaching excellence and industry focused learning prepare apprentices to develop the professional competences for enhanced employability and progression. Our collaboration with industry experts has given us the required expertise and experience to develop and deliver degree apprenticeships that combine the academic qualification together with on the job training for developing skills, knowledge and behaviour relevant to occupational profile.

We work closely with trailblazer groups, local businesses and professional bodies for successful delivery of degree apprenticeships as per the approved standards.

Our academic and student support includes personal tutor, academic skills centres and student support services such as advice on money, healthcare and childcare support.

The University has excellent facilities that all studying apprentices have access to. These facilities and resources include state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops, IT suites with industry standard software, modern learning resource centres, and Canvas – our virtual learning digital platform.

The University is located 30 minutes away from central London with excellent public transport links and the University's intersite bus service ensures easy and regular access to all our campuses.

Why choose Kingston

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Chaimaa Sajid Rahimi, previous Apprenticeship student

Chaimaa Sajid Rahimi, previous Apprenticeship student

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