Being a higher or degree apprentice

A higher or degree apprentice will have a job and study part-time, with an assessment and skills development programme in place. This enables the apprentice to earn while learning, and gain valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. 

Higher and degree apprenticeships at the University are available at levels 5 to 7. Level 5 is equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/ Diploma or a foundation degree, level 6 is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, and level 7 is equivalent to a Master’s degree. A number of our higher apprenticeship programmes include award of a University of Leeds degree. 

Standards

Each higher or degree apprenticeship programme is mapped to an occupational standard (see apprenticeship standards on the Institute for Apprentices and Technical Education website). The standard sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours an apprentice is required to learn to be occupationally competent. 

Training

The apprentice develops their knowledge, skills and behaviours through a wide range of learning in the workplace and through formal off-the-job training. An individual learning plan is agreed for each apprentice. This forms part of the commitment statement, which is signed by the apprentice, the employer and training provider.   

Progress against the learning plan is reviewed at regular tri-partite meetings.  Apprentices are required to track and provide evidence that their off-the-job learning hours (at least 20% of their normal working time) are being met and are on schedule. 

English and Maths 

Apprentices are required to hold or achieve an approved level 2 in both English and Maths (functional skills) before they can commence their end point assessment and successfully complete an apprenticeship. 

End point assessment

End point assessment (EPA) takes place at the end of an apprenticeship when the formal training is completed. It is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours the apprentice has learned, which confirms if they are occupationally competent and can be awarded an apprenticeship. See end point assessment.