What is an apprenticeship?
The perfect combination of work and education
Earn while you learn
Paid for by your employer
The three parts of any apprenticeship
- A programme of study e.g. Degree, HNC or BTEC
- A full-time paid job linked to your study e.g. Surveyor, Engineer, Nurse
- An Assessment at the end of your programme of study (End Point Assessment)
At a range of levels - including degree
|Name||Level||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|
Benefits of doing an apprenticeship
Get qualified for a particular role
- Some apprenticeships have the added bonus that they also give you professional accreditation. Some jobs require you to have specific accreditation and qualifications, which may be part of your apprenticeship, so having this will help you get in to a specific role upon completion. For example, as part of the Chartered Surveying Degree Apprenticeship you will also complete your RICS Assessment of Professional Competency to become a fully qualified Chartered surveyor and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Real world experience
- Part of the apprenticeship agreement is that you are in employment in a job role related to your apprenticeship throughout your studies. This means you have the extra strength on your CV of having relevant work experience – something employers are increasingly looking for.
- You will build contacts on your programme as well as professional contacts at work, helping you to grow your career from the moment you start.
Differences to being a student
You will be employed in a paid job role related to your studies and complete a programme of study at the same time, so you’ll need to be organised to manage your time between the two. Apprentices tell us that it’s different to the ‘traditional’ university experience as they are gaining relevant work experience whilst studying. This requires you to be professional, highly organised and committed for the full duration of the apprenticeship.
Despite earning while you learn, you will still receive the same benefits as other LSBU students, including access to the library, sports centre and campus. You can also apply for an Apprenticeship NUS card and a discounted student Oyster card.
As part of any apprenticeship, we are required to provide feedback on your attendance and progression to you and your employer.
Differences to being employer sponsored
Apprenticeships require a certain amount of time on-the-job in a role related to your apprenticeship subject and it is required that you spend 20% off-the-job learning, for example at LSBU. Apprenticeships also have an End Point Assessment (EPA) built in, which can lead to professional accreditation. The Apprenticeship Standards have been developed specifically to align with the needs of employers and making your skills match. Employer sponsored study does not have these requirements.