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Find an apprenticeship

Higher and degree apprenticeships are an alternative to the traditional university degree if you prefer to study at the same time as you work and earn.

You spend part of your time studying with Birmingham City University and the rest working for one of our partner employers, earning a full-time wage and getting invaluable experience of the workplace.

Why study on a higher or degree apprenticeship?

Essentially, you get the best of both worlds – all the academic challenge of a highly regarded degree, alongside a full-time wage and your first step on the career ladder with a prestigious employer.

You will work with and make connections with people in your chosen industry who can help you achieve your career goals in the future. And at the end of the course, you will have between three and six years' work experience, a degree-level qualification, and you won’t owe any tuition fees.

How do I get a place?

To be enrolled on a higher apprenticeship, you will normally need to be employed by a company which offers them to its staff. For more information, see the government’s Find an Apprenticeship website.

For more information, please email Resham Gill.

Take a look at what some of our current students think:

Thomas Cave

BEng (Hons)Broadcast and Communications Engineering - BBC Apprenticeship Scheme

Thomas Cave

Thomas Cave is one of the first students on the new BEng Broadcast and Communications Engineering course, developed in partnership with the BBC, which was launched in September 2016. Students on the prestigious BBC Higher Level apprenticeship scheme study for this degree with Birmingham City University alongside undertaking industry placements.

"I applied for the BBC apprenticeship scheme because I saw how many opportunities I would be able to access through it. Not only working with the BBC, but also with other industry partners such as Arqiva, CNN, Ericsson, Hat Trick Productions, ITV and Turner Broadcasting. I am very excited by the vast number of opportunities for placements during the course.

The staff at the University have been fantastic. If ever I’ve had a problem I can contact them and they will point me in the right direction every time. From coursework help through to asking for proof of enrolment, there is always someone to contact. I was pleased to find that we get full access to all the student resources.

My advice to anyone starting this course is, don’t be nervous! This course is brilliant. Everyone is very friendly and easy to talk to. If you ever did encounter a problem, there are plenty of experienced people around who will help you out.”

Joshua Hughes

BEng (Hons)Broadcast and Communications Engineering - BBC Apprenticeship Scheme

Joshua Hughes“I applied to the scheme as it seemed very specialised and also was sponsored by one of the most prestigious broadcasting companies in the world. I wanted to get a qualification that would allow me to go into any country in the world and work in a studio environment.

"I was most surprised by the amount of support and guidance that was available to me and my group, both from my employer and the University. No request ever seemed too big or too small. The staff have all been massively helpful and supportive, and my lecturers have all provided extra support in the areas that we have struggled with and have also been very understanding about our time in terms of fitting in content. If we’ve needed extra resources, they’ve gone out of their way to supply them.

"I’m very excited about finally starting my placement and getting a chance to see how the things I’ve learned while in uni are implemented in a real working studio environment. In the future I hope to go on and complete my Master’s in Broadcast and Communications Engineering and then step into a role within the industry."