Degree apprenticeships

With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, demand for degree apprenticeships has risen and is expected to increase as employers opt to use their levy contributions to fund their staff through these programmes. Many business schools are already active in offering degree apprenticeships and the number is expected to grow in the coming years.

This page contains information and guidance for business schools on degree apprenticeships, including our reports and responses to government consultations. The Chartered ABS has formed an Apprenticeships Working Group to help steer our work to support member business schools and inform our engagement with government.

Degree apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to attain a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. This new type of programme has been offered by some universities since 2015 and combines working with studying part-time. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, with some of their time allocated to university study and the rest with their employer. At the end of the programme, apprentices complete an assessment to evaluate both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on-the-job training.

An attraction is that degree apprenticeships will enable apprentices to gain a degree without having to pay tuition fees, as well as earning a salary from their employer. Apprenticeships are intended to give apprentices a head-start in their chosen profession by equipping them with the vocational skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Recruitment for degree apprenticeships is expected to be employer-driven, but both employers and universities will need to be satisfied as to the suitability of applicants.


Professor, Caroline Elliott, Deputy Dean, Aston Business School (Chair)

Dharma Kovvuri, Dean, UCLan Burnley Campus and Faculty Director of Business Development, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise (Vice Chair)

Alison Bragg, Principal Lecturer, Leicester Castle Business School

Dr Amir Michael, Associate Professor in Accounting, Durham University Business School

Professor Andrew Lymer, Professor of Accounting and Taxation, Birmingham Business School

Angela Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, School of Business, Leadership and Economics, Staffordshire University

Ayesha Owusu-Barnaby, Lecturer, London South Bank University, School of Business

Becky Quew-Jones, Course Leader for Human Resource Management Studies, University of Portsmouth Faculty of Business and Law

Dr Fiona Robson, Reader in Teaching and Scholarship, Newcastle University Business School

Jane Howie, Career Development Manager, University of Leicester, School of Business

Jonathan Lawson, Head of Business Programmes, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Julie Strachan, Graduate Apprenticeship Development Lead, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University

Karen Taylor, Course Director, Postgraduate Programmes, London Institute of Banking & Finance

Lisa Rowe, Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships, University of Chester Business School

Mark Hayes, Advisor Apprenticeship Programmes, Henley Business School

Dr Matthew Higgins, Associate Professor in Marketing, University of Leicester, Business School

Dr Matthias Hambach, Strategic Lead Degree Apprenticeships, York Management School

Dr Rhidian Lewis, Associate Dean Enterprise & Employability, University of Bedfordshire, Business School

Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships, Winchester Business School

Dr Tim Sellick, Executive Director of Apprenticeship Programmes, Henley Business School

Dr Yvonne Moogan, Director of MBA, Associate Professor of On-Line Business Education, Leeds University Business School