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Degree apprenticeships

Employees: what you need to know

Degree apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications that allows 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 their employers require while providing 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

An apprenticeship standard is a list of behaviours, knowledge and skills that an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship. For an apprentice to successfully complete an apprenticeship they will need to demonstrate their ability to carry out all aspects of a job specification for the specific skilled occupation, such as a Chartered Surveyor or Civil Engineer. These aspects include the skills, knowledge and behaviours that have been identified for these types of skilled occupations - and include a widespread and varied portfolio of professions.

The standards have been and are continuously being developed by groups of employers called trailblazers with the Institute For Apprenticeships (IFA), an executive non- departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education (DfE). The IFA's development of these standards with employers alongside the guidance from approved professional associations, ensures that the apprenticeships offered respond to the workforce requirements of employers, and provides employees with the transferable skills they will need to remain employable for their career progression.

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.

Course duration and attendance

The duration of degree apprenticeships at Kingston vary however most require at least 4 years part-time study with a 1- day a week study at the University with other degree apprentices and full-time undergraduate students.

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.

Why choose Kingston

  • Strong focus on teaching excellence, practical, industry-led courses developed in conjunction with industry experts to prepare students for their future career. This has given us the ideal foundation, knowledge and expertise to develop and run successful degree apprenticeship programmes.
  • As an educational provider selected to be part a trailblazer group we worked directly with employers to help identify the skills, knowledge and behaviours for the relevant 'standards' this means we understand the industry requirements and have incorporated these in the development of our degree apprenticeship courses.
  • Academic and student support including academic skills centres and student support services such as advice on money, healthcare and childcare and support.
  • Excellent facilities. As a Kingston University student you will have access to all the facilities and resources available to students; state-of-the-art labs, machinery, instruments, professional software as well as modern learning resources centres and Canvas - our virtual learning environment.
  • Ideal location. Along with the University's four modern campuses, Kingston has endless green spaces and beautiful riverside, with amazing entertainment, shopping, food and more in the centre. We are only 30 minutes away from London with excellent public transport links and university buses making our campuses easy to get to.

Programmes we offer

Civil Engineer  Level 6

Chartered Surveyor  Level 6

Environmental Practitioner  Level 6

Nursing Associate  Level 5

Teacher  Level 6

Degree apprenticeships in development

  • Construction Management BSc (Hons)
  • Construction Site Management - Level 6
  • Registered Nurse - Level 6
  • Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship - Level 7
  • Social Worker- Level 6

Contact us

To apply for a degree apprenticeship at Kingston University you need to be employed in a relevant role for at least 30 hours per week and working for an employer who is willing to sponsor you.

If you would like further information or would like us to contact your employer to speak with them about degree apprenticeships please contact our degree apprenticeships team by phone on +44 (0)20 8417 3045 or via email.

More information

If you are an employer and would like to find out more about degree apprenticeships at Kingston University visit degree apprenticeships for employers.

Alternatively, you can give the degree apprenticeships team a call on 020 8417 3045.

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