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 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.
Employer selection criteria
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for appointing apprentices. These will normally match the university selection criteria.
University selection criteria
- A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4/C and above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
- 120 UCAS tariff points from maximum of 3 A-levels, to include A-level in a Science subject or Psychology with minimum of 40 points. Alternatively, 120 points from 2 A-levels and maximum of 2 A/S qualifications from 4 separate subjects to include 40 points in an A-level Science subject or Psychology.
- Applicants who are able to demonstrate some level 3 study, but not the breadth (e.g. 2 A Levels) may be considered providing they can demonstrate relevant life skills and preparation for the programme. This would include at least one year of experience working in an acute clinical setting with associated mandatory training. Students may be asked to undertake additional level 3 study or are set work to demonstrate they have the ability to undertake the programme.