We'll supply the best higher and degree apprentices for your business.

Staffordshire University is a modern, connected University, offering everything that your business and your apprentices need to succeed. Our professional apprenticeships help employers to deliver a high quality learning experience for new and existing employees.

Because they are studying on the job, apprentices are able to develop the knowledge and occupational competencies to meet the needs of your business and the demands of a job role.

Discuss the range of apprenticeships available at Staffordshire University, by talking to our apprenticeship team today on 0800 169 2148 or email apprenticeships@staffs.ac.uk.

What are the benefits for my business?

Improve productivity and business performance

Motivate, up-skill and upgrade your existing team

Attract and retain the highest level of staff

Benefit from home-grown talent.

Our courses

Business and Administration

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


Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship
Software Developer Apprenticeship
Network Engineer 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
Registered Nurse/BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice
Nursing Associate/FdSc Nursing Associate

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.

Becoming a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Employer

All this sound good? Well, all you have to do is be willing to support your apprentices financially.

You pay them a salary, and we make sure you have a fully committed individual with all the skills and facilities they need to become a welcome breath of fresh air to your company.

4 things you need to know about the Apprenticeship Levy

  1. 1
    Mark it on your calendars, because as of April 2017 the way our government funds apprenticeships in England will change when the Apprenticeship Levy is introduced.
  2. 2
    If your organisation operates in the UK and has a payroll over £3 million each year, you'll be legally required to invest in apprenticeships via the Levy.
  3. 3
    The Levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of your annual pay bill. You will have a £15,000 allowance and the government will top up your account with a 10% bonus.
  4. 4
    You can use the funds in your digital account to pay for apprenticeships at all levels to develop your current workforce and attract new talent.

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Frequently asked questions

1. How are higher and degree apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are eligible for government funding, the amount depends on the type of apprenticeship and in some cases the age of the apprentice and size of the company. Training is funded through the employer's contribution to the apprenticeship levy or where the employer does not pay the levy the Government will pay 90% of the costs. Get in touch with us to find out more about the funding regime and available incentives for the apprenticeships you are interested in.

2. How can I use the money I have paid through the apprenticeship levy to train my workforce?

The levy will collected monthly and will then be deposited in the employers Digital Apprenticeship Service account with a 10% bonus topup. The digital funds can then be used to pay apprenticeship providers to train your apprentices. Funds can only be used for apprenticeships and unused funds will be lost after they have been in your account for 24 months,

3. Who is eligible to be a higher or degree apprentice?

New recruits and existing employees are eligible to be a higher or degree apprentice. Apprentices can study for a qualification which is equivalent or higher than their existing qualifications. If they wish to study for an apprenticeship which is lower than their highest qualification, the apprenticeship must be materially different than the previous qualification and/or provide require the development of substantive new skills.

4. How are higher and degree apprenticeships delivered and structured?

Apprenticeships are structured differently depending on the level and subject. Apprentices develop knowledge and skills related to their occupational area. The university supports the apprentice to develop knowledge in their subject area and to develop skills for application in the workplace. Patterns of study depend on the type of apprenticeship, however in most cases apprentices study in blocks or 1 day each week.

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..

Register your interest

To discuss how higher and degree apprenticeships can benefit your business contact our apprenticeships team on 0800 169 2148 or email apprenticeships@staffs.ac.uk

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