Degree Apprenticeship FAQ for learners

We imagine you’ll have a number of questions about Degree Apprenticeships and we’re here to help. If your question isn't answered below, please get in touch with us.

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Who pays for my tuition fees in a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships are funded by your employer via their Apprenticeship Levy or in the case of smaller employers, by the co-investment model. Learners do not pay tuition fees.

Where do I find a Degree Apprenticeship?

Employers can post their Degree Apprenticeship opportunities with LJMU and following a recruitment process, including interviews, they will decide who they want for the position. Find out more about the process.

You may also want to search for opportunities via the National Apprenticeship Service.

Am I eligible to become a Degree Apprentice?

Just like any other LJMU student, you’ll need to meet the entry requirements for the course related to your career, you can find out about entry requirements from the courses page. You’ll need to be in paid employment with an employer who is willing to support your apprenticeship. Browse the latest Degree Apprenticeship opportunities.

Is there an age limit on Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 so whether you are a school leaver or an existing employee in a company which is willing to sponsor you, you can become a Degree Apprentice.

What salary will I get?

Salaries vary depending on the sector and employer. You may find that salaries earned during your apprenticeship are lower than other employment. However, the rates of pay are typically good for these types of vocational positions once you are qualified. We suggest you take a look at the Degree Apprenticeship roles to find out more about typical salaries in the area you are interested in working.

What are employers looking for in a Degree Apprentice?

At LJMU we work closely with Degree Apprenticeship employers so we’ve gained some insight into what they are looking for in candidates. Take a look at our tips for a successful Degree Apprenticeship interview so you'll have an edge on the competition.

How can I be sure I will learn the skills and knowledge relevant to my career goals?

Research and innovation are at the heart of LJMU’s courses so you can be sure that you’ll receive up-to-date skills and knowledge relevant to the sector you’ll be working in. Employers will collaborate with LJMU in the programme design and delivery to ensure the learning is tailored to the industry.

What courses can I study on a Degree Apprenticeship?

We offer a range of courses within our Degree Apprenticeship programme. Find out what courses are currently available.

How much time will I spend at work and at university?

You’ll spend 80% of your time in your workplace (at least 30 hours per week) and 20% of your time at LJMU (usually one day per week).

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

Your degree will take between four and five years to complete. You'll also need to undertake an end-point assessment; you'll have up to two years beyond graduation in which to complete this assessment.

Will I receive a wage as a Degree Apprentice?

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

Will I be able to take part in student life at LJMU?

Just like any other student at LJMU, you’ll be able to engage in all aspects of student life. You can join a sports team or student group. Make use of our modern facilities, libraries and social spaces. Get study support or well-being and financial advice. Take advantage of student opportunities including free offers and discounts to fitness centres, theatres, galleries and events.

Where will I live?

Depending on your situation you might choose to stay at home and travel to university. However, if you need to live on campus, you can choose from a range of high quality student accommodation. Find out about what type of accommodation is on offer.

Will my employer pay towards other costs associated with my degree?

Your employer will cover your tuition fees only (via their levy funds or through the co-investment model). Your employer is not obliged to pay towards any other costs.

How can I find out more?

You can take a look at the Higher and Degree Apprenticeship guidance on the Gov.UK website or feel free to get in touch with us.