Eligibility and how to get involved

Find out who is eligible to complete a degree apprenticeship and how your organisation can get involved.

Read our eligibility requirements and those of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Apprentice eligibility and entry requirements

Find out if your employee is eligible to complete an apprenticeship and our full apprentice entry requirements.

For more information on apprentice eligibility visit GOV.UK.

Secure your employee's place

We can help support you through all of the stages below. If you have any questions, contact our Apprenticeships team by email: apprenticeships@surrey.ac.uk.

Before considering apprenticeships, you’ll need to find out whether your organisation pays the apprenticeship levy and if it does then whether or not it has sufficient funds to cover the costs of apprenticeship training.

Find out more.

Your organisation will need to recognise where apprenticeships can support your skill needs.

View a list of all apprenticeship standards.

We can advertise your apprentice vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service portal and support you to shortlist applicants.

We recommend that you do not issue an apprenticeship work contract until the prospective apprentice has recieved an unconditional offer from us.

Find out more on GOV.UK.

You and your apprentice will need to find a training provider that offers the apprenticeship standard they wish to study:

  • Find a provider through the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), a government agency where you can advertise your apprenticeship vacancies (we can support you with this).
  • Once you have found a provider, contact them to discuss your needs and their offer.

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

Before you issue a work contract for an apprenticeship, you’ll need to ensure that your potential apprentice meets the government requirements

For further details visit GOV.UK.

They will also need to meet Surrey’s entry requirements and those of the apprenticeship standard.

Find out more information about apprenticeship standards.

The apprenticeship work contract needs to cover the full duration of the apprenticeship including the end-point assessment.

Check that your company is prepared to support your apprentice throughout the apprenticeship, including providing relevant work experience as set out in the apprenticeship standard.

We offer three entry points a year - January, April/May and September (subject to minimum apprentice numbers). Please ensure that your apprentice applies at least five weeks before the start of their chosen apprenticeship.  

As part of your apprentice’s application, they’ll need to provide details of:

  • Their employment
  • Proof they meet the requirements of the ESFA Apprenticeship Funding Rules
  • Proof they meet our entry requirements and those of the apprenticeship standard.

Your apprentice will also need to complete a detailed Initial Needs Assessment in conjunction with your organisation and we will confirm what relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours they already possess and whether any of these would be covered by the apprenticeship.

Please note, 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.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact our Apprenticeships team by email: apprenticeships@surrey.ac.uk.

Transferring from another training provider

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

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

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

Prepare for your employee's enrolment

The ESFA require the following to occur before enrolment:

The ESFA require that three contracts must be signed before an unconditional offer can be made to your employee:

Apprenticeship services agreement

The apprenticeship services agreement sets out:

  • Your responsibilities as the employer (to ensure you are compliant with ESFA apprenticeship funding rules)
  • Our responsibilities as their training provider.

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

Commitment statement

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

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

Apprenticeship agreement

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

  • How long your apprentice will be employed for
  • The training they will received
  • The qualifications they will be working towards.

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

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

  • Link you and your employee to us
  • Enable you to access levy funds to pay for your employee's tuition.