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. You can also view our current vacancies.

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.


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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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

Business and Administration

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship
Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship
Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship Level 7


Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship
Network Engineer Apprenticeship
Software Developer Apprenticeship

Health and Science

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
Healthcare Science Practitioner (HECSP) Higher Apprenticeship
Nursing Associate/FdSc Nursing Associate
Registered Nurse/BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice

Legal, Finance and Accounting

Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship

Manufacturing and Engineering

Embedded Electronic Systems Design & Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
Manufacturing Engineering Degree 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 2019:

Legal, Finance and Accounting

  • Accountancy/Taxation (level 7)
  • Professional Accountancy/Taxation Technician (level 4)


  • Cyber Security Technical Professional (level 6)
  • Digital and Technology Solution Specialist (level 7)
  • Digital Marketer (level 6)

Health and Social Care

  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner (level 7)
  • Social Worker (level 6)
  • Paramedic (level 6)
  • Operating Department Practitioner (level 6)

Protective Services

  • Police Constable (level 6)

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


European Social Fund (ESF), an executive agency of the Department for Education, part fund the delivery of certain Staffordshire University non-levy apprenticeships training in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic year as match funding for the 2014-20 ESF programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit European Growth Funding..


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

Enquire now