With a degree apprenticeship you won't have to pay tuition fees, will still receive a salary and have many associated costs covered by your employer.

Tuition fees

The costs of your tuition fees will be covered by your employer and the government, through the apprenticeship levy.

You won't need to apply for a:

  • Tuition fee loan
  • Maintenance loan

Find out more about the apprenticeship levy on GOV.UK.


Throughout the duration of your apprenticeship, the employer must pay you at least the minimum apprenticeship wage. However, degree apprentices typically earn more, due to the level of skills required.

For more information, visit GOV.UK.

Associated costs

Your employer is responsible for funding:

  • Payment of wages, including all time spent on off-the-job training
  • Any training, optional modules and field trips taken in addition to what you are eligible for
  • Company inductions
  • Any protective clothing and safety equipment required
  • Any assessment resits
  • Any administration costs for supporting the apprenticeship
  • Time spent by managers supporting and mentoring you
  • Any student membership fees that are required by professional bodies, even where linked to mandatory qualifications
  • Any off-the-job training that you have previously completed that cannot be funded through the levy
  • Any additional cost for an apprenticeship standard where the  University charges more than the funding cap (this will be agreed in advance).

As an apprentice you are responsible for funding the costs of any travel or accommodation to attend face-to-face, off-the-job training and replacement certificates for previous qualifications. Other than this, you will not be asked to finance or contribute towards the cost of your apprenticeship. Should you choose to leave an apprenticeship early, your employer cannot claim training or assessment costs back from you.