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Degree Partnerships

About Degree Apprenticeships

People are at the heart of your business. Developing your workforce can be challenging and costly; degree apprenticeships offer an innovative way of retaining and attracting talent to your organisation. With the Government Levy and co-funding opportunities available, you also may have already covered the costs.

Apprentices are employed by you and do their academic study with the University of Exeter. They may be existing staff, or new staff you have recruited into a job role that includes a degree apprenticeship.

Learning is structured to maximise your employee's development and to deliver direct benefit to your business. Around 20 per cent of their time is spent studying via a combination of in-person teaching, interactive online sessions and work-based learning. The rest of the time they are in the workplace applying their new, cutting-edge knowledge to your organisation.

We offer both level 6 and level 7 degree apprenticeships. If you advertise for an apprenticeship, you are utilising an excellent way to create diversity in your business and attract talented individuals who thrive in a practical education setting. For those already in established careers, apprenticeships enable them to take their career to the next level where substantive new skills are required. On completion of their degree apprenticeship, your employee(s) will also receive an academic award from the University of Exeter, a Global Top 150 Russell Group University

We want every partnership with us to be a collaboration, so we are here to support both you and your apprentices from the very beginning of your journey with us. You and your employee(s) will receive:

  • A dedicated relationship manager who is on hand to guide you through the process
  • Flexible teaching delivery with minimal disruption to your employee’s day to day duties
  • Experienced programme leads and academic mentors who are committed to supporting your apprentices throughout their journey
  • Exceptional teaching quality that complies with the Apprenticeship Standard and meets your employee’s knowledge requirements
  • Apprentice access to the full range of University of Exeter services and support
  • Regular apprentice feedback and performance monitoring that leads to improvements in the programme
  • Cutting-edge knowledge and sectoral insight from leading experts
  • Work-based projects and research, allowing practical application and development of innovative solutions to put you ahead of competitors

A Russell Group degree

We have a long history of working in partnership with business and were one of the first Russell Group universities to create customised degree apprenticeships. Not only will your employees gain an outstanding education, they could gain a prestigious Russell Group degree.

Industry focussed

Our degree apprenticeships offer a unique partnership between talented and ambitious students and forward-thinking businesses. Today we partner with more than 200 employers to deliver courses that meet specific business needs, ensuring that apprentices gain the necessary practical skills, knowledge, and experience to effect real change and drive your organisation forward

Exceptional teaching

We are committed to developing and delivering all academic elements of the programme, providing an exceptional quality of lecturers, tutors and support staff to deliver content that complies with the Apprenticeship Standard and meets your organisation's skills and knowledge requirements

Flexible learning

We identify a delivery model to best suit the needs of your business, including residential teaching, interactive online study and work-based learning.

Working in partnership

Our dedicated programme leads and academic mentors as well as a relationship manager ensure that apprentices are well supported and employers are actively involved in the development of their employees and benefit from opportunities to feed directly into programme improvements.

Shaping tomorrow’s talent

We currently have over 1,200 apprentices all delivering excellent outcomes not only for their professional development but within their organisation - delivering solutions that combine their industry experience with their new skills and knowledge.

Industry accreditation

Many of our degree apprenticeships are accredited with leading global accrediting bodies including The British Computer Society, Chartered Manager Institute, Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the CFA Institute. This means your employees could gain a professional accreditation alongside their apprenticeship programme.

The University of Exeter Business School is also a leader in the field of financial services education, and we are proud to be among the 1% of the best global institutions to gain ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation from the three largest and most influential business school accreditation organisations worldwide: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.