Degree Apprenticeships

Brief Summary

Achieve a Degree with an Apprenticeship!

A degree apprenticeship is an alternative route to achieving a university degree qualification while gaining valuable work experience and without being in full-time education.  They give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field, or retrain in a new career. Combining a Full-Time job with study, they can be completed by anyone who is age 18 or over, depending on their previous qualifications and experience.

At our College we offer Degree Level Apprenticeships ranging from Higher National Certificates and Diplomas through to Foundation Degrees and full Bachelor’s Degrees all validated by our partners such as Bournemouth University.

Current Courses

          HNC/FdEng/BEng (Hons) Engineering

          Electronic Design / Manufacturing Management / Marine Technologies / Mechanical Design


          Operations/Department Management / CIPD Diploma in People Management

          Health & Social Care 

          FdSc Nursing Associate / Health Assistant Practioner 

What you need to know

As an apprentice you can either be a new member of staff, or an existing employee, but you need to have a contract of employment.

Whilst your employer determines your annual salary, as a Degree apprentice you are entitled to at least the national minimum wage for your age.

You will need be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and most of your training will take place in the workplace, however you may also need to attend classes at College. Degree Apprenticeships can be studied through day release or block release schemes and/or independent study, and can vary in length depending on the course.

What are the benefits of a Degree Apprenticeship?

Choosing a Degree Apprenticeship will give you a springboard into your future career. They help businesses to grow by developing the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in their sector.

As a Degree apprentice, you will benefit from:

  • No course fees – these are paid by your employer, often using government funding
  • Money – a paid job while you study
  • A FULL Degree qualification – graduate and postgraduate qualifications are the same as the ‘traditional university route’ and awarded by our partner university
  • Progression – into employment, often with your Apprenticeship employer
  • Opportunities – progression and development if you’re already in work
  • Accreditation - the chance to gain professional accreditation and membership
Why choose us?
As the largest provider of Apprenticeship training in the area, we are a great choice. We work with over 2,000 businesses across Dorset and offer over 30 different Apprenticeship programmes. At any one time, we have around 2,000 apprentices studying with us.

Get in touch

University isn’t the only route to a successful career. For help deciding which level of Degree Apprenticeship is most suitable for you, contact The BASE.

Call 01202 205500 or complete a form here.