Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) are fully funded programmes created to support the learning and development of new and existing employees.  This new innovative work-based degree is designed to meet the needs of employers in Scotland and equip students with the necessary management and entrepreneurial skills to excel in their workplace. This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) making us the only dual accredited business management graduate apprenticeship in Scotland.


This is open to employers of all sizes and sectors in Scotland. For more information and to apply for September 2020  BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)


To learn more about life as a graduate apprentice look at the Skills Development Scotland's interview with QMU student Anna Gillespie



Benefits for participating employers

  • Designed by employers for employers
  • Tailored to meet the needs of your industry
  • Cost-effective way to develop and upskill your workforce
  • Open to employers of all sizes and sectors
  • Fully-funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) which means no fees are payable
  • Open to full and part time staff
  • Employers can express their interest by contacting the Programme Leader, Dr. Andrew Bratton (


Benefits for students on GA degree courses

  • Learn about business management and professional skills
  • Flexible learning experience, you'll spend most of your time learning on the job in the workplace and 1 day per week studying at QMU
  • It will improve your career prospects
  • It is free - there is NO fee
  • There is NO upper age limit
  • You can apply even if you already have a degree (provided it is not business related)
  • The opportunity to 'work, learn and earn' and complete a degree without getting into debt
  • The work you do counts towards gaining your qualification meaning you could gain your degree much quicker
  • You’ll be able to apply the knowledge you learn in your degree to your workplace and vice versa
  • As you’ll already be in work, you won't need to start looking for a graduate job once you’ve completed your degree
  • You can come from ANY type of employer - it is entirely open and NOT just for office based jobs
  • It is open to full and part time workers

How does the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme work

  • The Graduate Apprenticeship programme is a work-based learning programme which means participants will apply the skills and knowledge acquired through their degree towards activities in the workplace
  • This integrative process of learning and skills development means that participants will have the opportunity to accrue academic credit from learning gained from their work experience
  • Participants combine university study and work-based learning to enable them to complete their BA (Hons) Business Management in the same time as if they were undertaking a full-time traditional degree
  • The programme will be delivered with a combination of campus-based face to face sessions supported by online distance learning, using our well established virtual learning environment
  • Participants will typically spend 1 day per week on campus and the rest of their normal work week in their workplace
  • The face to face element will allow participants to build strong networks and friendships with their peers
  • Participants have to be with an employer registered with the scheme, so it is important to speak with your employer first
  • Employers can enrol an existing employee onto the programme or hire a new recruit specifically for the GA programme

Employers can express their interest and sign up by contacting the Programme Leader, Dr. Andrew Bratton (


Why QMU?

  • We are in the top three higher education institutions in Scotland for employment of undergraduate leavers: 97.1% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study six months after graduation, placing us third in Scotland on this measure (HESA, 2018).
  • QMU has been voted the best modern University in Scotland in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
  • Our GA in Business Management is particularly focused on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, which accounts for at least 99.5% of the businesses in every main industry sector
  • We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment at our purpose-built campus.  Our student and effective learning services provide a range of support mechanisms to help with study skills, writing essays, reflection and much more. 
  • At QMU, we help our students with a disability to access the support they need.  More information on this service can be found on the Disability Services page.
  • We are conveniently located six minutes by train from Edinburgh, with accessible parking available
  • We have a student-focused, innovative campus with superb facilities for learning, teaching, living and fun
  • We use a range of innovative teaching methods from work-based learning to an online virtual learning environment, which will support the GA programme
  • We are a socially responsible university: a winner of numerous ‘green’ awards and focused on courses which allow our graduates to make a difference in the world

For information on the programme and on how to apply, contact the Programme Leader, Dr Andrew Bratton (abratton@qmu. on +44 (0) 131 474 0000

How to apply

  • The programme is available to people currently living and working in Scotland. There is no maximum age limit and you can apply if you’re aged 16 or over
  • If you have already completed a degree with SAAS funding, you could still do a Graduate Apprenticeship, particularly if it’s a career change to something new. So, if you’re looking to learn while you work, this could be the perfect opportunity
  • If you are a school leaver or not in employment but think that a Graduate Apprenticeship could be for you, you can apply the same way you’d apply for a job. The vacancies are advertised on the Apprenticeships Scotland website
  • If you’re already in employment and are interested in this scheme, speak with your employer first to find out whether they have plans to get involved in Graduate Apprenticeships

Typically, we would expect a minimum of four Scottish Highers (or equivalent) but if you don't have this, please still apply as your application will be assessed on an individual basis, taking into account any previous industry experience you have. If you have already completed a Foundation or a Modern Apprenticeship in a related subject, this will also contribute towards meeting the entry requirements

To apply for QMU's BA(Hons) Business Management Graduate Apprenticeship programme, in the first instance, please contact Dr. Andrew Bratton, the Programme Leader on 



Graduate Apprenticeships Enquiries

For all enquiries, including how to register interest and apply, and how to find out when suitable employers are recruiting, please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Andrew Bratton.

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Graduate Apprenticeships Enquiries

Dr Andrew Bratton Programme Leader