Accelerate your ambitions and study an apprenticeship with a university rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and a Top 30 UK University in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

At the University of Derby, we are proud to be pioneering practical Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, designed in conjunction with employers to embed new skills and grow talent in the workplace.

We work with a number of high profile businesses including Rolls Royce, NHS and exclusively with the Institute of Quarrying to develop the workforce and to shape the future of their organisations.

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How Alex found his true calling...

As a Civil Engineering Apprentice

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Our work-based routes into higher education combine on-the-job training with degree-level academic learning, producing capable and competent employees in a range of careers.

We offer apprenticeships in subject areas including digital and technology, cybersecurity, aerospace engineering, and nursing from levels 2-7.

So whether you’re looking for the next step after completing your GCSEs or would like an alternative route to achieving your degree – you can do it all at Derby.‌

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Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

We are partnering with Nottinghamshire Police to deliver the first UK Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme.

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96%of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business**GOV.UK, 2017
81%of consumers favour using a company who employ an apprentice**National Apprenticeship Service, 2017
80%of companies reported an increase in employee retention**National Apprenticeship Service, 2017

Our partners


"I am so glad to have had this opportunity to improve the care that I provide to patients – this course has made that possible."

Bernie Hancock, Health Care Assistant, Derbyshire

The Institute of Quarrying

"The courses educate candidates in a range of competencies and prepare them for the next step in management progression."

Representative from Aggregate Industries Europe

Rail apprenticeships

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