Prospective candidates will have Maths and English at grade C/4 or above equivalent, and will be required to meet the standard university entry requirements for the programme which for 2017 is 96 – 112 UCAS points (new UCAS tariff). We understand that individuals may be considering an apprenticeship as a way of returning to education and therefore offer non-standard entry routes where individuals do not meet the standard entry criteria but can bring relevant or prior work experience.
Government funding rules require that an apprentice must have the right to live and work in the UK, must be in employment, paid at least the legal minimum wage and have a written and signed agreement for the apprenticeship with their employer. The minimum duration periods for an apprenticeship set in each Apprenticeship Standard, is based on an apprentice working a minimum of 30 hours per week. Where the apprentice works fewer than 30 hours, the minimum duration of the apprenticeship must be increased on a pro-rata basis.
Funding for the apprenticeship is provided through the Employment and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is paid in the following way:
- Levy paying employers with sufficient funds in their digital account – 100% funding
- Non Levy payers -90% ESFA funding, 10% Employer co-funding. Non-levy paying companies will be asked to pay their 10% of the full cost of the apprenticeship at the start of the programme.
All candidates must be employed in a role related to the subject matter of the Degree Apprenticeship and be sponsored by their employer. Funding for this degree is provided by the Employment and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) who will pay two-thirds of the student fees and the employer who will pay the remainder of the fees plus a salary to the apprentice. All Degree Apprentices must be interviewed, assessed and offered a position by an employer before being admitted to the degree. Although the University may receive direct applications and filter these applications before passing them to prospective employers, some apprentices may apply directly to an employer. Either way, after acceptance by an employer, the University of Cumbria will require a formal application, which it will assess according to the programme entry criteria.