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Apprenticeships

If you’re interested in completing an apprenticeship, this page outlines the opportunities that are available with BU, what’s involved, eligibility and how to apply. If you’re an employer looking into working with apprentices, please visit our employers page.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. They are available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels, and have varying entry requirements depending on the sector and your prior skills. All apprenticeships are genuine jobs so all apprentices earn a salary which is at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage, with many employers paying significantly more. Apprentices work enough hours each week so that they can undertake sufficient, regular training and on-the-job activity. Search ‘become an apprentice’ on GOV.UK for further information.

At Bournemouth University, we currently offer degree-level apprenticeships (level 5 - equivalent to Foundation Degree, level 6 - equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and level 7 - equivalent to a Master’s degree). They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Higher level apprentices study part-time at BU with degree apprenticeships usually taking between three and five years to complete. 

Once you have completed the apprenticeship programme, you will complete an End Point Assessment (EPA). This is a required part of all apprenticeship standards. Some EPAs will include a professional accreditation, which employers can require for some roles.

Health and social care apprenticeships

Engineering apprenticeships

Through a partnership between Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole College, two engineering degree apprenticeships are offered.

Life sciences apprenticeships

How to apply

Before you can apply to BU apprenticeships you need to ensure the following:

  • That your employer is willing to support you in a relevant job role and support all aspects of your apprenticeship
  • You meet all the BU entry requirements for your chosen apprenticeship degree (entry criteria are identified on each apprenticeship course page which you can access on this page).

Please use the links to the relevant apprenticeships that are available on this page to follow the application process. You will go through an internal application process with your employer and have an interview, which will be organised by your employer.