Higher and degree apprenticeships, powered by Staffs

Staffordshire University works with some of the UK's largest organisations to develop apprentices and by studying an apprenticeship through us, we can help you to begin your exciting career whilst connecting you to industry-leading experts and our state-of-the-art facilities.

You'll be paid during your apprenticeship and there are no tuition fees to pay, all costs are covered by your employer and the government, meaning you get a debt-free university experience.

You need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week to study an apprenticeship, with your employer willing to support you. Register your interest with us and we will arrange for one of our business development managers to get in touch with your employer.

If you are looking for an apprenticeship, you can search vacancies on the apprenticeship service website or get in touch with the service directly on 0800 015 0400 / 0247 682 6482 or email nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk.

Meet our Apprentices

Hear the stories of some of those already on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

What can I expect as an apprentice?

It's like university, but you earn a salary whilst doing it

Get experience as well as a higher/degree level qualification

Fast track your career, and get going before everyone else

No debt. Need we say any more? The government and your employer pay your fees.

Think of it as a "win-win" situation. You get a qualification, a salary, and have a great time earning while you learn. Whilst in return, they get a fully qualified and clued-up member of staff.

Will I Get Paid?

Yes. While all degrees offer student loans and bursaries, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer a real wage. That means nothing to pay back. You earn your money and get paid by the business you're working for. Just like you would do at any other job. Your employer will handle any payments that may arise.

Brands We Work With

We work with some of the UK's biggest businesses to provide you with the best possible opportunities. There are plenty more to come, but just take a look at some of the brands we've connected with so far.

Our courses

Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship
Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship
Assistant practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship - Acute Care
Assistant practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship - Integrated Care
Assistant practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship - Mental Health Care
Assistant practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship - Perioperative Care
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
Software Developer Apprenticeship
Network Engineer Apprenticeship
Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
Healthcare Science Practitioner (HECSP) Higher Apprenticeship

We're building our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programme all the time, so if you don't see something to suit your sector simply check back at a later date or contact our apprenticeship team.

We are currently developing higher and degree apprenticeships for these occupations for delivery in 2018:

Business and Administration

  • Senior Leader (level 7) - recruiting for May 2018
  • HR Consultant/Partner (level 5) - recruiting for May 2018

Legal, Finance and Accounting

  • Accountancy/Taxation (level 7) - recruiting for September 2018
  • Professional Accountancy/Taxation Technician (level 4) - recruiting for September 2018


  • Digital Marketer (level 6) - recruiting for September 2018

Health and Social Care

  • Nursing Associate (level 5) - recruiting for September 2018
  • Registered Nurse (level 6) - recruiting for September 2018
  • Social Worker (level 6) - recruiting to be confirmed
  • Paramedic (level 6) - recruiting to be confirmed
  • Operating Department Practitioner (level 6) - recruiting to be confirmed

Protective Services

  • Police Constable (level 6) - recruiting to be confirmed

Childcare and Education

  • Academic Professional (level 7) - recruiting for September 2018

Get in touch with us to find out more.

Eligibility requirements

Are you eligible to become an apprentice? You'll need to fit the following criteria:

Have 5 GCSEs Grade C or above equivalent in Maths and English

160 – 260 UCAS Points from A-levels/BTEC or other qualifications or experience

Be in paid employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week or an employer willing to support the apprenticeships

Your employer must pay for the training


If you don't have an organisation in mind, we can guide you through everything. Discuss an apprenticeship with us by contacting our apprenticeships team on 0800 169 2148 or email apprenticeships@staffs.ac.uk

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