A degree apprenticeship provides a harmonious amalgamation of vocational skill, work experience and academic qualification. It is a really great route into work, usually bypassing internships and fast-tracking entry level roles.
Many jobs and career sectors actually don’t lend themselves to the rigour of a traditional university education. If you have an idea - it doesn’t even need to be that specific - of the roles and field that you’d like to explore, it could be much better for you to look into apprenticeships.
BBC Degree Apprenticeship: the programme
The BBC degree apprenticeship programme is a brilliant opportunity for people interested in learning about business within the media. Hoping to attract the brightest from the broadest range of backgrounds, the BBC have launched the scheme for young people and are opening up all careers available within the BBC to them. It is an incredible opportunity for those with a genuine interest and a passion to develop a career in business within the creative industry, and more specifically the BBC.
What will you gain from the programme?
The BBC degree apprenticeship is a two-year programme. Upon completion, you’ll receive recognition of your higher apprenticeship, gain an honours degree, a CMI qualification and a CV full of work experience with the BBC. A really great aspect of this programme is that you get exposure to so many different areas within the BBC. The scope is so broad and involves almost anything that is involved in the business side of the BBC Content, radio and online. Apprentices will be able to undertake placements in a variety of areas, including BBC Content, Marketing & Audiences, Design & Engineering, Policy & Strategy, Radio, News and worldwide. Candidates will take up to three placements and will be assigned a placement manager and will be assessed on each placement.
Working with Pearson College London, the scheme will also provide you with a BA Business Management degree, this degree will be validated by the University of Kent. The degree will cover key aspects of business including management and leadership, finance, marketing, people, business, law, operations and project management. Assessments will be through a variety of methods, continual assessment, assignments, presentations and exams. Some units may be delivered via online tutorials owing to the nature of the course and material.
Funding and location
During the apprenticeship you will be employed by the BBC, on a fixed term contract. Initially you’ll receive a salary of £17,015 which will increase to £18,515 in the second year. This programme is funded by the Skills Funding Agency so unfortunately you are not able to draw further funding from the Students Loan Company. Being an employee of the BBC, you are entitled to five weeks paid leave – there are some restrictions on when this can be taken, just because some degree courses can’t be run when some apprentices are away.
There may be the chance to travel to some of the Nations & Regions offices for short visits during the scheme. But you will be based in London, either at the Oxford Circus or White City offices for your work at the BBC. Your study will take place at Pearson College London, which is in Holborn.
The scheme is targeted at school leavers. However, the course requirements are relatively relaxed. You’ll need great spoken and written English and are likely to have five GCSEs Grade A*-C and have studied A-Levels or a vocational qualification, such as a BTEC. There is a great flexibility with subjects and courses that you may have done. Programme recruiters are stressing the significance of potential and passion over academic rigour. Work experience is also not required. Course administrations do not welcome applicants with degrees or those who do not have the right to work in the UK.
The application process begins in October and will close in January. Applicants will have heard if they’ve been successful by March. If they have, they’ll be invited to an assessment day. The outcome will be decided by April.
To find out more information about this great programme visit the BBC Degree Apprenticeship page. Also take a look at the career potential within the BBC, and make sure to check out the Pearson College London, as well as the University of Kent.