Higher and degree apprenticeships

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Earn while you learn

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships provide you with an excellent opportunity to study towards a degree while working and earning.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity as an alternative route into Higher Education without the debt or as a way to upskill your qualifications with the support of your existing employer to further your career.

To be eligible for an Apprenticeship you will need to be in paid employment either full time or part time in a relevant job role to the apprenticeship course you're applying for.

If you are a prospective apprentice who wants a head-start in the workplace, we're here to guide you through your options. If you are an employer, looking to develop new recruits or reskill/upskill qualified staff, please see our information for employers.

 We currently offer apprenticeships in the following subject areas:

Why apprenticeships?
  • Earn a salary while you study - you'll be employed throughout your apprenticeship.
  • No tuition fees or student loan* - the government and your employer pay for your course.
  • Get a head start in your career with practical work experience.

*Individuals studying for a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship are not eligible for a Student or Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England.

Study an apprenticeship at Essex

We currently offer apprenticeships at three levels, across three subject areas:

  • Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6 and 7) leading to a Bachelors or Masters qualification
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Level 5) leading to a Foundation Degree qualification

Apprenticeship subject areas:

Current vacancies 

The East of England IAPT partnership are currently advertising a number of job vacancies at various locations for the role of Apprentice Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

  • This advert is for multiple IAPT providers across the East of England and is a central point of application, as part of this applicants will be asked to submit their top 3 preferred services.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply after attending our virtual recruitment event on Thursday 3 June 2021 9-11am where you will hear more about the role, application process and services involved. For more information about this event, please contact
  • Please register your attendance for the virtual recruitment event by emailing make a note of the breakout session links in the why work for us, for your top 3 providers as these will be needed during the event.
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Are you an employer, looking to upskill your staff or recruit new talent?

Boost your business with our training for apprentices and advice on making the most of your Apprentice Levy.

Get in touch
Rachel Brown Apprenticeships Manager
Telephone: 01206 873840
Samantha Williams Apprenticeships Officer
Telephone: 01206 872137

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