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Higher and degree apprenticeships are a new education route recently launched by the UK Government. They bring together the best of higher education and vocational training, enabling university study alongside invaluable on-the-job training.

Apprentices can earn a HNC, foundation degree, top-up degree or honours degree while also benefiting from steady employment and a full-time wage. An apprentice will graduate with 2-4 years' work experience, a recognised higher level qualification and zero tuition fee repayments.

This approach to staff development is designed to help businesses to develop talent and fill skill gaps within their organisation. It is hoped that both young people and adults will see these apprenticeships as a desirable route into more senior roles.

Why Solent?

We are proud to be one of the first UK universities to offer this exciting new route of study, building on our long-standing reputation for delivering courses in collaboration with industry partners.

As a modern and forward thinking university, we know that employers are wanting more from their graduate recruitment. Each programme is designed in partnership with employers to support the development of staff that meet specific industry needs.

Throughout the programme, students will learn employer-defined skills, knowledge and behaviour outcomes while studying for a nationally recognised and professionally accredited academic qualification.

Solent’s trailblazer apprenticeship is the Chartered Manger Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA). This has been developed in collaboration with employers and industry bodies including Serco, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Small Business Charter and the Chartered Association of Business School.

Some facts:

(Source: Employer guide to Apprenticeships, National Apprenticeship Service)

  • Over 18,000 apprentices were on a higher apprenticeship in England during 2013/14, a 39% increase year-on-year.
  • There are 47 different types of higher apprenticeship on offer throughout the country. Areas include aerospace accountancy, construction to Creative and Digital Media, higher apprenticeships range across the sectors and represent hundreds of different job roles.
  • A study by ICM Research reveals that employers in England rate qualified higher apprentices as 25 per cent more employable than those who took an alternative route into work.

Our future plans

We are excited to be developing a wider range of higher and degree apprenticeships:

Construction standards and the built environment:
  • Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor
  • Level 4 Construction Site Engineering Technician
  • Level 4 Construction Design and Build Technician
  • Level 6 Construction Site Management
  • Level 6 Construction Design Management
Health and social care:
  • Higher Apprentice in Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
Digital industries:
  • Digital and Technical Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship

Contact us

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, or if you are an employer who wants to find out more about starting an apprenticeship scheme, please contact

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