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Are you an aspiring apprentice looking to find out more about studying a higher or degree apprenticeship at Staffordshire University?

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to start a new career or gain new qualifications to help you progress in your current career with support from industry-leading experts and our state-of-the-art facilities. Think of it as a win-win situation where you get both education and experience!

Earn while you learn

Gain a recognised work-based university qualification at degree or master's level whilst earning a competitive salary

Get practical work experience

Receive on the job training, apply what you learn in the workplace straightaway, and know your job inside-out

Be part of our student community

You'll be supported by academics and support teams. Plus, you can access student facilities, venues and events!

Hear from our apprentices

Don't just take our word for it. Our apprentices share their experiences of what it's like studying an apprenticeship at Staffordshire University, and how the opportunity of working and studying has developed their professional and academic skills.

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The best thing about being an apprentice is the introduction into the career and hands-on experience that you are getting, while getting your degree. I would 100% recommend getting into apprenticeships from an early age. I believe if you want a good solid career with an education, this is the way to go.

Craig Lawrence

Arconic Apprentice

Working at UHNM whilst studying as an apprentice with Staffordshire University is helping to develop me and my future whilst delivering value and new skills today, for the NHS.

David Winter

Commercial Development and Contract Performance Manager, UHNM NHS Trust

I feel that personal development is a very important part of everyone's role and I am always looking to improve on current skills and look for opportunities where i can learn new ones.

Melodie Hulme

Operational Management Apprenticeship with UHNM Trust

Your student experience

Apprentices don't have to miss out on the student experience. You'll be a part of our vibrant community where you can join us on campus, meet new friends, and explore our facilities and fun venues.

Campus venues

Fuel up on discounted food and drink at our bistros, lounges and coffee shops and hang out at our student events. 

Ember Lounge

Café and bar at the heart of the College Road site, serving up the ultimate burger, karaoke and quizzes.

Leek Road Venue (LRV) and Verve

Based on our Leek Road campus, LRV and Verve are home to fresh dining, legendary shakes and our club nights.

Catalyst Bistro

The Bistro offers a dining experience with an option to book tables or the space for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Pavilion Burrito and Wrap Bar

Pavilion Burrito and Wrap bar is a Mexican style restaurant that offers a Breakfast and Lunch menus throughout the week.


Healthy smoothies, hearty oatcakes and the best coffee around can be found in Squeezebox on College Road campus. 

Coffee Lab

Coffee Lab offers a full Costa Coffee range of hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches, toasties, pies, and paninis.

Cafe Cadman

A contemporary “lounge style” café located in the entrance to the library serving Costa coffee; with a range of fantastic impulse cakes and home baked snacks.

Creative learning spaces

We're dedicated to providing flexible, high-quality, digitally enabled spaces, whether you need a quiet pod for studying, a modern space for collaboration, or a place to read and think creatively in our libraries. No matter what apprenticeship course you're studying, you'll get access to cutting-edge facilities, from the clinical simulation suites to computer networking labs.


We have Libraries and service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our experienced and friendly staff can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and help with referencing.

Maker Space

An area for light making work that includes woodwork and metalwork benching with vices and downdraught tables and air benches for light sanding, a variety of hand tools, soldering equipment and magnified lighting for detailed work.

IT Labs

All businesses are run on technology these days, use our tech spaces to practice your skills. From spreadsheets to data analytics to social media control centres. We have everything you need to hit the ground running.

Digital Kiln

A modern social space for students based in Mellor Building. It's ideal for group work, creative ideas sessions and relaxation.

Breakout Spaces

Comfy, bright and airy social spaces where students can meet up to discuss group projects, share innovative thinking or network with academic staff and visitors.

Specialist Laser Cutting

Get access to our Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter and practice with technology used for industrial manufacturing applications.

Fitness and social

Stay healthy at our gym and sports centre, equipped with the latest fitness equipment, virtual fitness technology, and weight training areas, or join a sports team and play competitively. Or socialise while you exercise! We have a thriving social sports community where you can try out new sports and make friends, whatever your ability.

Be part of our welcoming Students' Union with over 100 clubs and societies. Meet friends, start a new hobby, and stay in the know of the latest student events!

Stafford Campus

If you're an apprentice at our Stafford campus, we also have have excellent facilities at our Centre for Health Innovation. Explore state-of-the-art technology, modern social spaces and flexible teaching areas.

Explore our Stafford campus

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What are degree and higher apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a work-based programme of study that lets you earn as you learn. They combine on-the-job training with degree-level academic study while you work towards a recognised qualification. Our apprenticeships are available at two levels:

Higher apprenticeships

These are equal to a Level 4 or 5 qualification. Level 5 qualifications are equivalent to a foundation degree.

Degree apprenticeships

These are equal to a Level 6 or 7 qualification. They are equivalent to a bachelors and masters degree.

How is an apprenticeship different to a degree?

A higher or degree apprenticeship combines the academic study of a degree with work-based learning. You will develop your skills and apply them in a real, working role while working towards a recognised academic qualification.

Which level is for me?

Whether you study for a higher apprenticeship or a degree apprenticeship will depend on the apprenticeship you’re interested in. If you’re already employed, it will be determined by the needs of your employer. Higher apprenticeship – you’ll study at Levels 4 or 5 equivalent to a foundation degree. 

Degree apprenticeship – you’ll study for a full Bachelors degree (Level 6) or a full Masters degree (Level 7). Higher and degree apprenticeships will require a level 3 qualification, subject to school and level of standard. But don’t worry if you don’t meet these criteria our university is committed to diversity and inclusion and will consider applications from those with relevant experience on an individual basis.

Typical entry requirements

  • Level 2 maths and English (GCSE, functional skills or equivalent)
  • 64-112 UCAS points from relevant level 3 qualifications, e.g. A levels/BTEC. Evidence of relevant previous learning or experience may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Must have a contract of employment to cover you for the duration of the apprenticeship for a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Who are they open to?

Higher and degree apprenticeships are suitable for everyone from college leavers to existing employees who are looking to progress in their chosen career.

Opportunities span across all sorts of different occupations in many sectors, such as business, engineering, health, digital and more.

To be eligible to become an apprentice, you'll need to fit the following criteria:

  • Level 2 maths and English (GCSE, functional skills or equivalent).
  • Have 64 – 112 UCAS Points from A-levels/BTEC or other qualifications or experience.
  • Must have a contract of employment to cover you for the duration of the apprenticeship for a minimum of 30 hours a week.
  • Lived in the UK for at least 3 years.
Will I get paid?

Yes! Apprentices are paid a wage like any other job. You get paid by the employer you’re working for.

The fees for the apprenticeship are covered by your employer and the government. This means you have nothing to pay back at the end of your programme of study.

Why Staffordshire University?

This is an exciting time for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships at Staffordshire University. We work with some of the country’s largest employers and we’re continually working to introduce an even wider choice of apprenticeships. Staffordshire University is within the top 5 largest apprenticeship provider in the UK, offering a large portfolio of specialist programmes. Staffordshire University were awarded a ‘Good’ by Ofsted in January 2022, emphasizing our commitment to our apprenticeship offering.

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