The word 'apprenticeship' often conjures up connotations of vocational and manual labour, especially for parents as this was once factual. However, apprenticeships have dramatically changed in recent years, becoming available in a huge range of areas from Business to Engineering to Legal.

Degree Apprenticeships

Something instrumental to add is the introduction of degree apprenticeships as an alternative route to traditional university for those students that might prefer to learn kinesthetically and practically through a combination of on-the-job training and academic study.

Degree Apprenticeships at Pearson College London

A degree apprenticeship is a new route into higher education combining practical work and university study with the security of a regular salary. The time will be split into 80% working on the job and 20% studying towards a degree. The studies directly relate to the real-life business challenges faced in day-to-day working situations.

The degree apprenticeship will last between 2-4 years at Pearson Business School and modules are designed to be flexible for the employer to allow for the learning to be incorporated into the workplace. The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), the apprenticeship that we run, includes special modules to allow academic credit to be gained through work-based projects. This allows knowledge to be further applied to the job role.


  • Receiving an annual salary paid by an employer.
  • Tuition fees are paid in full by the apprenticeship levy contribution from the employer.
  • Three years of invaluable work experience and career-ready upon graduation.
  • Graduation with a BA (Hons) Business Management degree validated by the University of Kent.
  • Our degrees are co-designed by leading companies ensuring you gain the skills that employers are looking for.
  • The students are taught by industry professionals - our tutors don’t just teach business, they live and breathe it, as they’ve all had successful careers in the industry.

What would my son/daughter be doing?

Your son or daughter would be working 4 days per week and studying one day per week on a Pearson College London degree apprenticeship programme. Previous employers that we have worked with include:

  • Transport for London
  • L'Oreal
  • Pearson plc
  • Mondelez
  • IBM
  • Red Carnation Hotels Group
  • Moët Hennessy

They would be required to attend Pearson College London every Friday in order to complete the work towards the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree.


As a parent, supporting your child in various ways both during the application process and then during their apprenticeship could really help to reduce stress levels and guide the student during their higher education.

When applying

When your son or daughter is applying for degree apprenticeships, the best thing that you can do is encourage them to apply for programmes that will best suit their interests, skills and qualities. Other ways that you can support are:

  1. Proofreading applications - ensuring that the applications are written concisely and display all relevant skills and qualities is vital to success.
  2. Discover new programmes - sign up to vacancy waiting lists or alerts to find out about new degree apprenticeship schemes as soon as they open!
  3. Become a practice partner - practice interviewing them so that they know what it is like to be in a real interview situation. As questions that perhaps you have been asked in an interview before!

During a degree apprenticeship

During the degree apprenticeship, and particularly around deadlines, your son or daughter might be pressured or stressed by deadlines that they have to meet for both work and study. Therefore, during the degree apprenticeship, it is important that you too are aware of these times of year so that you can help to ease the pressure where possible.

For example, you might cook dinner for them so that they have more time to revise/ prepare for a deadline or exams. Another thing that you could do is proofread coursework or help to cut down the word count for them as you will have fresh eyes, regardless of whether you understand the content or not.

In summary, a degree apprenticeship is a new route into higher education combining both practical work experience and academic study. For more information about degree apprenticeships, visit the Pearson College London website or download a course brochure.

Please note that information in this blog refers to degree apprenticeships at Pearson College London and not other providers.