Introducing Apprenticeships at the University of Suffolk
The University of Suffolk is working with a range of employers in the development and delivery of Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for students to combine work and study - applying their academic studies to their job role, organisation and industry in order to become academically confident and skilled employees. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can take one to five years to complete. Apprentices will spend at least 20% of their contracted hours of employment in off-the-job training, which could be a combination of studies at the University and training offered by the employer.
Some statistics from GOV.UK:
- Higher apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime
- Over 90% of apprentices go into work or further training.
- In 2017/18 there were 10,880 apprenticeship starts at levels 6 and 7.
- 87 per cent of higher (Level 4 plus) apprentices were satisfied with their apprenticeship.
Please click in the sections below for more information about how to join a higher or degree apprenticeship with the University of Suffolk, and to view module content for each apprenticeship programme.
An apprenticeship is a combined package of the following:
This is where the practical learning and ‘on-the-job training’ takes place.
This is where the theoretical learning takes place. The degree modules map to the knowledge, skills and behaviours (also known as ‘KSBs’) required to show competency in the relevant industry sector (as outlined in the chosen apprenticeship standard)
The academic assignments, exams and projects will lead to the Apprentice being awarded a University of Suffolk Foundation Degree (Level 5), Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6) or Master's Degree (Level 7); but the Apprenticeship will not be completed until the EPA has also been passed.
The University and employer will agree study methods, which would normally be either day-release or block teaching (e.g. one full week of University study followed by four weeks of full-time work), but apprentices will also normally have some online teaching or project-work.
Progress Reviews (also known as ‘tripartite reviews’)
These are regular meetings held with an Apprenticeship Practice Educator or Lecturer, where the apprentice and employer are present to discuss progress.
Functional Skills studies
This is only applicable to those who do not hold a level 2 or equivalent qualification in English and/or Maths, or cannot evidence their existing achievement. Apprentices who are exempt will be required to demonstrate how they are enhancing their English and mathematical skills in the workplace.
Holistic and personal development skills
This includes raising awareness of topics such as safeguarding, PREVENT, County Lines, British values and equality and diversity.
This is learning which is undertaken outside of day-to-day work duties and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.
End Point Assessment
This is the final assessment that is used to confirm that the apprentice is occupationally competent.
Please make sure to check out the course page for your preferred apprenticeship route by clicking on the boxes below. Each apprenticeship has varying entry requirements, and some do not allow direct entry via applications.
If you’re employed with a levy-paying organisation, and would like to study a higher or degree apprenticeship, please ask your employer to email us via firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can discuss how we can work together.
If you are not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them. You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course.
Each apprenticeship will have it's own entry requirements and you are advised to refer to the sections listed below to determine the requirements for your preferred apprenticeship.
However, in general, apprentices would normally have already completed a Level 3 apprenticeship or Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Levels, BTEC), or have significant relevant work experience in order to be considered for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.
In addition to this, apprentices are required to have obtained a level 2 or equivalent qualification in English and Maths in order to join their chosen programme. If permitted to join an apprenticeship without these qualifications, the apprentice will be expected to achieve them before progressing through the gateway for the End Point Assessment.
Apprenticeships are funded by employers, which means apprentices will not have to pay any of their training costs. However, as stated above, in order to be eligible for an apprenticeship with the University of Suffolk, you must be employed by a levy-paying employer. Please see the ‘Information for Employers’ page for more details about the apprenticeship levy.
Commitment Statement - if you enrol onto one of our Apprenticeships, the Commitment Statement is a document that will be signed by you, the University and your employer. It will outline the planned content and schedule for training, expectations of the apprenticeship, and how to resolve queries or complaints. It is a requirement of the funding for the Apprenticeship that this is signed, and the above is an example of how this might look, as each one will be specific to the Apprentice.
Initial Needs Assessment (INA) (also known as a 'Skills Analysis') – Before an apprenticeship begins, the University must assess the individual’s prior learning to establish the ‘starting point’, or baseline, of the apprentice. This informs how much of the apprenticeship training content the individual requires and checks that the apprenticeship is an appropriate training programme for the individual.
Apprenticeship Agreement - The apprenticeship agreement is a statutory requirement for the employment of an apprentice in connection with an approved apprenticeship standard. It forms part of the individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and the employer; it is a contract of service (i.e. a contract of employment) and not a contract of apprenticeship. The purpose of the apprenticeship agreement is to identify:
- the apprenticeship standard connected to the apprenticeship;
- the dates during which the apprenticeship is expected to take place; and
- the amount of off the job training that the apprentice is to receive.
Acceptable evidence that the academic requirements of the chosen apprenticeship will also be required prior to commencing the apprenticeship programme.
The University of Suffolk offers a number of apprenticeship programmes across each School. As we recruit directly through employer contacts, you cannot apply directly onto the apprenticeship provision. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Many of our programmes do not allow direct entry and are recruited through existing employer contacts. If you feel that you meet the entry requirements of your preferred apprenticeship, and your employer is levy-paying, please direct your employing organisation to email firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate conversations about recruitment. Once eligibility has been confirmed, the team will be in touch with you to discuss the application and interview process, and any documentation that is required.