Degree apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships at Teesside University

Teesside currently provide a range of higher and degree apprenticeships. We took a more in depth look at some of the programmes on offer...


  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
  • Digital and Technology Solutions (Web Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship
  • Embedded Electronic Systems Design Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
  • Health Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship
  • Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship


  • Manufacturing Engineer (automotive)
  • Control/Technical Support Engineer (automotive)
  • Electrical/Electronic Support Engineer
  • Nursing Associate

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

From May 2017, Teesside University Business School is offering the prestigious Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), which awards learners the BA (Hons) Management Practice along with membership of the Chartered Management Institute - the highest possible accreditation in the management profession.

Dr Gill Owens, CMDA programme leader, said: "A lot of thought went into the design of the CMDA to ensure it suited and matched the needs of the working learner.

“In addition to the core elements of the course, apprentices complete the personal effectiveness module which focuses on the individual impact of the learner on their organisation and co-workers in terms of the learning they take back to the workplace.

“Reciprocal learning is also a very important aspect to the course, as each learner brings very different knowledge and
experience which they share with the group.”

Employees from a number of large employers in the North East are among the first cohort starting in May 2017 – including a number of Teesside University staff, funded in part from its apprenticeship levy account.

A second closed cohort will begin in September, tailored specifically to the needs of PD Ports which has enrolled 12 members of staff onto the programme.

For more information contact or telephone 01642 342312

Digital and Technology Solutions (Web Engineering)

The Digital and Technology Solutions (Web Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship has been developed by Teesside University with significant industry input to address a pressing skills shortage.

The course will develop web engineers who can define, design, build and test high-quality, web-centric software solutions following best practice and industry standards.

To ensure the apprenticeship fulfils the web engineering requirements of the computer industry, the University set up a working group to influence the course design.

Siobhan Fenton, Associate Dean (Enterprise and Business Engagement) in the School of Computing said: “In order to design the most industry-relevant degree programme possible, it is vital that we take into account the requirements of potential employers.

“In this manner we can tailor the delivery of the academic programme to meet the specific needs of employers. We want companies to influence the experience their apprentices have on the course, and help create the curriculum.”

The apprenticeship is led by Barry Hebbron, who is just one of the University’s academics with many years of invaluable experience working with businesses, developing a firm understanding of the skills businesses require to move forward and grow.

The first cohort of the Digital and Technology Solutions (Web Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship will start in September 2017.

Health Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

The Health Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship has been developed to meet the needs of the health profession. The 150 students currently enrolled on the apprenticeship are employed in both the NHS and the independent sector. They will receive a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Practice when they qualify.

The course has been designed for employees who work in healthcare alongside a registered practitioner. Most of the study is work-based, with the equivalent of 20% of the working week dedicated to learning at University.

Linda Nelson, Associate Dean (Enterprise and Business Engagement) in Teesside University’s School of Health & Social Care, said: “Once students have completed the Higher Apprenticeship they can progress on to a pre-registration professional programme and their previous learning is recognised. Examples include Nursing, Radiography and Operating Department Practice.

“The feedback has been extremely positive. The course is really helping them make the link between theory and practice.” The University has developed a range of programmes combining an honours or foundation degree with workplace experience and skills.

Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship

The Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship took on its first cohort of students in September 2016, in quick response to the skills demands of two large North East employers, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Fujifilm Diosynth Technologies.

The programme is based on four strands - Analytical Science, Chemical Science, Research & Development and Life Sciences. The Life Sciences strand was adapted to fit the work-based learning needs of the two companies. The programme is led by Dr Garry Weeks, Head of Department (Sciences) in the School of Science & Technology at Teesside University.