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Degree Apprenticeships

The Degree Apprenticeship is an alternative to traditional university study that combines the work-based element of an apprenticeship with the academic framework of a Higher Education qualification.

A Degree Apprenticeship offer students the opportunity to study part-time for an academic qualification while working full-time with an employer, gaining real world experience in their chosen career path.

Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Technologies offers Degree Apprenticeships fully funded by the Welsh Government for up to four years - there are no tuition fees for the apprentice undertaking the degree, and employers only need to commit one day per week for their employee/apprentice to study at Cardiff Met.

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As a Degree Apprentice, you will be able to earn a salary and gain work experience while studying for a tuition-free full degree, giving you a head start in your career. In addition, you will be taught within a framework of EDGE (Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurship) competencies that all Cardiff Metropolitan University students benefit from. Degree Apprenticeships are also open to existing employees who wish to upskill or get academic recognition for exisiting skills and experience, where the opportunity for work-based learning and assessment is provided by their employer.

A BSc Apprenticeship Degree in Data Science student, Mia is retraining with start-up Nightingale HQ some 10 years after setting up her own business. Hear how the Apprenticeship Degree at Cardiff Met is helping her achieve her goals:


As an employer, a Degree Apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to upskill your existing workforce, attract new talents, and close skills gaps. You will benefit from higher productivity and employee retention, and will ensure that the future skills needs of your business are met with a minimal opportunity cost.

Hear from Alison Adams, Academic Manager at the Office for National Statistics, on the benefits for employers of hiring a Degree Apprentice:


Our Degree Apprenticeships

Find out more about ourBSc Apprenticeship Degree in Data Science.
We welcomed our inaugural cohort of Data Science Degree Apprentices in September 2019. Read the story here.

Future Degree Apprenticeships under development are:
- Software Engineering
- Cyber Security