Degree Apprenticehip

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree Apprenticeships are the newest member of the Apprenticeships team and just as the name suggests, employees will be able to work towards achieving a full bachelors degree qualification whilst earning a wage and avoiding the hefty tuition fees associated with going to university.

Employers are eligible for up to two thirds government funding towards the cost of the education they provide, offering a unique and cost-effective training solution tailored around the requirements of the business.

Introduced as of September 2015 the Degree Apprenticeship is still very much in its infancy so you won’t expect to find a marketing specific degree apprenticeship just yet, however the first degree apprenticeship currently being piloted is the:

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Which is aimed at professional managers who may have significant experience but little formal development. The typical duration of the apprenticeship is four years and successful apprentices will become chartered Members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr MCMI).

CMI Guide to the Management Degree Apprenticeship FAQ

Occupational Profile

The Degree Apprenticeship in Management is potentially applicable to marketing role profiles including:

Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
PR Manager
Sales & Marketing Manager
Head of Marketing

Check out this fact sheet for a more in-depth overview of the skills, knowledge and behaviour requirements of applicants for this programme.

Entry requirements:

Employers will set out their individual requirements, but most candidates will be expected to have:

  • Minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
  • Have obtained a level 3 qualification; or
  • Have have suitable industry experience

How do I apply?

You will not find Management Degree Apprenticeship opportunities being advertised much to the general public just yet as this is an apprenticeship aimed at businesses who want to up-skill their existing managers.

It is the perfect opportunity for senior marketing staff who are responsible for the marketing at the strategic level of the business.

If you think you fit the criteria for the Management Degree Apprenticeship your next steps are to:

Speak to your employer to see whether this is something they would be willing to fund as part of your training and development, if you have a training budget then its should be a relatively easy sell as it offers exceptional good value for money and also as it takes up to four years its a long-term commitment on both parts.

If you do not have a training budget speak to your employer anyway and find out what the associated costs are from the nearest training provider, as up to two thirds are government funded it may be an option to fund the rest provided your employer is happy for you to do this.

Universities currently offering the Management Degree Apprenticeship and the relevant contact to get in touch with (click the name to send an email):

Aston University
Contact: Karen Caine 0121 2043439

BPP University
Contact: James Reed 07817 119742

Bristol Business School
Contact: Ray McDowell 0117 32 83251

Hertfordshire Business School
Contact: Lynne Stevens 01707 285407

Anglia Ruskin University
Contact: Vanessa Knowles 07515 068293

Manchester Metropolitan University
Contact: Jonathan Lawson 0161 247 3738

Nottingham Business School
Contact: Lindsay Crichton 0115 848 8139

Sheffield Hallam University Business
Contact: Jo Daley 0114 225 2016

Southampton Solent University
Contact: David Moxon 023 8201 3155

How is the work assessed?

  • Development of a portfolio demonstrating learning and development activities with their application in the workplace
  • Regular assessment involving employers and an assessor from the higher education provider
  • Through evidence of 360-degree feedback within the development portfolio

CMI guide to assessment for the Management Degree Apprenticeship