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, resources for schools looking to inform or expand their degree apprenticeship provision, and case studies on the value of degree apprenticeships to the economy and society.

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. Their membership and work can also be viewed below.


Bridging the gap: How business schools are building pathways to success through degree apprenticeships

A new report from the Chartered Association of Business Schools reveals business and management apprenticeships provide social mobility and lifelong learning for all ages and for communities with lower participation in higher education.

Download the report here 

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.

We have produced an extensive online resource and published templates used by schools in their degree apprenticeship provision. These resources are intended to illuminate and illustrate best practice for schools who provide or are seeking to provide degree apprenticeships at any level, as well as providing key information on the procedures and stakeholders that form a core part of the process.

Click here for resources and guidance.

Watch this Impact Factor video to see how business and management degree apprenticeships are adding value to one of the UK's largest aircraft manufacturers.

Further case studies on the value of business and management research and education can be found here.


  • 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)
  • Dr Amir Michael, Associate Professor in Accounting, Durham University Business School
  • Angela Lawrence, Associate Dean, Staffordshire University
  • Ayesha Owusu-Barnaby, Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire Business School
  • Becky Quew-Jones, Programme Director - Degree Apprenticeships in Business, University of Portsmouth Faculty of Business and Law
  • Dr Fiona Robson, Reader in Teaching and Scholarship, Newcastle University Business School
  • 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, Head of Apprenticeships, London Institute of Banking & Finance
  • Lisa Rowe, Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships, University of Chester Business School
  • Mark Hayes, Head of Account Management, Henley 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, Client Director, King's Business School
  • Dr Yvonne Moogan, Director of Apprenticeships, Associate Professor of On-Line Business Education, Leeds University Business School