Higher level apprenticeships

Take your employees' careers to the next level. Find out how we can support your business to nurture talent and develop leaders through our funded higher level programmes.

What are higher level apprenticeships?

Higher level apprenticeships offer school leavers, aged 16 or over, the opportunity to get a a recognised qualification up to Masters level while in paid employment in the private sector.

Most programmes are fully funded by the Department for the Economy. Some of the programmes require a small contribution from employers.

Apprentices combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job and to attain a higher level award.

Who can apply?

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage as outlined by the Government

Your apprentice must:

  • be eligible for their selected programme
  • work with experienced staff who will support and mentor them
  • learn job-specific skills
  • get time for training or study during their working week and provide evidence of how this is achieved (at least 20% of their normal working hours).

Employers must:

  • attend regular review meetings with their apprentice
  • work with Ulster to deliver the training
  • work closely with Ulster to meet the programme requirements set by the Department of the Economy.

Available programmes

Undergraduate

  • Accounting with Management BSc (Hons)

    This course provides you with flexibility both, in your choice of modules to match your interests and career aspirations, and in the length of time over which the course can be completed. Accreditation from previous relevant programmes of study may allow you to progress more rapidly to the final level of the course.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in management accounting, risk, information technology and law.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Business Technology BSc (Hons)

    In today's tech-driven world, business and technology cannot be separated - understanding both will develop you as a future business leader.

    On this course students will learn how to analyse business data, identify and implement solutions to business problems and manage consultancy projects.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in business, management, programming and data analytics.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Civil Engineering

    Study the scientific, technical and managerial aspects of Civil Engineering including structures, highways or water and wastewater.

    The four-year course offers a broad range of modules in engineering, maths, safety and construction with a combination of work-based learning and practical application.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Computing Systems

    A degree in Computing Systems equips graduates with the technical and personal skills to apply best practice in software engineering and to develop wide ranging systems for any organisation.

    The four-year course offers a broad range of modules in programming, databases, networking, web development, human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, security and embedded systems design.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Construction Engineering Management

    The effective management of construction projects is vital to the economy and the success of any project relies on decisions made by a professional team at every step of the way.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in surveying, construction, technology, management and law.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Financial Technology

    Focussed on the growing needs of the fintech sector, Ulster University Business School has developed the BSc Hons Financial Technology in partnership with employers.

    The four-year course offers modules in finance and programming with a combination of work-based learning and practical application.

    Learn more about the entry conditions of the programme to check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Leading on Customer Operations BSc (Hons)

    This employer-led and industry-focused degree course equips students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to play a principal role in shaping the future of customer operations.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in customer operations, customer experience (CX), marketing, finance and business operations.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons)

    Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering concentrates on the design and manufacture of machines, from the smallest parts to large systems, covering industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace and medical.

    Graduates from the programme are equipped to enter a variety of mechanical engineering areas, such as design and consultancy, materials technology, process engineering and maintenance and particularly manufacturing and project management.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in engineering, maths, CAD and design.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

  • Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

    Mapping the modules against the professional competencies required by the RICS’s Assessment of Professional Competence, graduates gain solid knowledge and skills that can be applied to any building or civil engineering project of any scale and in any sector.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in construction measurement, construction technology, law and economics and principles of ethics and sustainability are threaded throughout the four years of study.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

Postgraduate

  • MSc Global Capital Markets

    Candidates will develop critical awareness of the international financial and professional services environment and gain an appreciation of professional ethical standards and conduct. This Masters programme covers a broad range of modules in finance, technology, ethics, governance, regulation and project management.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.

    Please note that all programmes listed here are subject to Department for the Economy funding.

  • MSc Business in Technology

    The first of its kind in the UK, the new MSc Business in Technology (MBT) was created to meet the increasing demand for technology professionals to lead, influence and develop strategies for transformation and organisational growth.

    The course is ideal for people experienced in a technology or tech-led project roles who want to progress their careers in senior management and leadership in the technology or professional services sector.

    This four-year course offers a broad range of modules in leadership, consultancy, data science and transformation.

    Learn more about the entry conditions for the programme and check the eligibility of your apprentice.


Take part in a higher level apprenticeship

There are several steps to take part in a higher level apprenticeship:

  1. Choose a suitable programme for your business or organisation.
  2. Check what funding is available, including incentive payments of up to £3,000 for each apprentice enrolled before 31 March 2022.
  3. Contact the apprenticeships team to check if their selected apprentice is eligible and if an additional contribution is required.
  4. Sign a higher level apprenticeship contract.

How long it lasts

Higher level apprenticeships must last for at least two years. They can last up to 7 years depending on what the apprentice is studying.

Get help

For more information contact the apprenticeships team.

We would like to develop higher level apprenticeships that support businesses across different sectors. Please get in touch with us to discuss your business requirements.