Eligibility and how to apply

Find out if you are eligible to complete a degree apprenticeship and the details of our application process.

Entry requirements

The following outlines the apprenticeship eligibility requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency and of the University of Surrey:

  • Both new and existing employees can complete an apprenticeship.
  • You must be aged 18 or over.
  • You must spend at least 50 per cent of your working hours in England.
  • You must not be in full-time education.
  • You must also have the right to work for the full duration of your apprenticeship including the end-point assessment (EPA).
  • You must be employed in a relevant job role for the full duration of your apprenticeship including the EPA.
  • You must work full-time for at least 30 hours a week (zero-hour contracts and fixed-term contracts may also be considered)
  • You must have relevant eligible residency status.
  • You can hold a degree if this is substantially different to the apprenticeship you’ll be taking.

Zero-hour and fixed-term contracts

Zero-hour contracts are accepted only where they meet all of the other Education and Skills Funding Agency rules. If you have a zero-hour contract, the duration of your apprenticeship must be extended in proportion to the hours in which you work.

Fixed-term contracts must cover the full duration of the apprenticeship including the EPA. It would be good practice to ensure the work contract is covered for 6-12 months after successfully completing the off-the-job training in order to ensure the EPA can be taken and the apprenticeship therefore successfully completed.

For more information on apprentice eligibility visit GOV.UK.

Secure your place

Before applying for an apprenticeship, you will need to ensure you meet the government requirements.

Read more information about entry requirements at GOV.UK.

Once you find an apprenticeship standard you wish to take, you’ll also need to check that you meet its minimum entry requirements.

For more information on apprenticeship standards, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

If you’re an existing employee, check that your current employer is prepared to support you throughout the apprenticeship, including providing relevant work experience as set out in the apprenticeship standard.

If you’re not employed, you’ll need to find and secure an apprenticeship with an employer. While the University is unable to directly help you find an employer, there are various portals advertising apprenticeship vacancies, and you’ll even find some employers post apprenticeship vacancies on their own websites, simply search for ‘degree apprenticeship vacancies’ online.

The government also has a portal that advertises some apprenticeship vacancies - for more information, visit GOV.UK.

Find a training provider that offers the apprenticeship standard you wish to study through the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). The NAS is a government agency where you can search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies.

You can also transfer to the University of Surrey from another training provider.

We offer three entry points a year - January, April/May and September (subject to minimum numbers of apprentices). Please ensure that you apply at least five weeks before the start of your chosen apprenticeship. Please note that the application process may take longer than usual if the application form and Initial Needs Assessment are not fully completed or if contracts are not signed.

As part of your application, you’ll need to provide:

  • Details of your employment
  • Proof you meet the requirements of the ESFA Apprenticeship Funding Rules
  • Proof you meet the requirements of our entry requirements and the apprenticeship standard.

You will also need to complete a detailed Initial Needs Assessment with your employer and us, to confirm what relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours you already possess and whether any of these would be covered by the apprenticeship.

Transferring from another training provider

To transfer to us from another provider, you must complete an application (as detailed above), in addition to providing:

  • Details of your previous qualifications (we may also require specific details of modules taken)
  • The number of years completed at the current training provider.

One of our admissions tutors will evaluate your experience to see if you are eligible for advanced entry.

Prepare to enrol

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) require the following to occur before enrolment:

Three contracts must be signed before an unconditional offer can be made to you:

Apprenticeship services agreement

The apprenticeship services agreement sets out:

  • Our responsibilities as your training provider
  • Your employer's responsibilities (to ensure they are compliant with ESFA apprenticeship funding rules).

To complete this, we will provide you with a template. This agreement must be signed by your employer and us.

Commitment statement

Signing the commitment statement is a three-way agreement between you, your employer and us. We will provide a template for you to sign which will cover:

  • The planned content of your training
  • The schedule for your training
  • What is expected of you, your employer and us
  • How to resolve queries or complaints.

Apprenticeship agreement

You and your employer will need to sign the apprenticeship agreement and provide a copy us. We have a template you can use which sets out:

  • How long you will be employed for
  • The training you will receive
  • The qualifications you are working towards.

We will create a detailed Individual Learning Plan drawing on the Initial Needs Assessment to set out what you will be learning during your apprenticeship.

Your employer will need to register onto the apprenticeship service (digital levy account). This is an online system that will:

  • Link you and your employer to us
  • Enable them to pay for your tuition.