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This Graduate Apprenticeship has been developed to enable your employees to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding that industry needs. You can recruit new employees, up-skill or re-skill existing employees. There are four pathways to choose from: Business Management, Financial Services, Business Analysis and Project Management.

The qualification

Honours Degree at SCQF level 10
Project Management Pathway 
  • Honours degree in Business Management or Project Management at SCQF Level 10
  • A professional qualification in Project Management at SCQF Level 9 or above (such as the APM Project Professional Qualification).
Important information

Please read the Occupation Profile for Project Management which gives a detailed description of the work situations routinely carried out in relevant roles at this level.

Entry requirements

Candidates for Graduate Apprenticeships must be at least 16 years of age, and individual suitability for entry will be decided by an employer and their learning provider partner. As with most degree programmes, entry requirements are likely to vary across learning providers, and learning providers are expected to consider ways they can provide support to individuals who do not hold traditional entry qualifications but have nevertheless shown aptitude and competence at the necessary level.

Progression and development
Graduate Apprentices completing the Project Management pathway could gain employment in the following areas:
  • Project Manager
  • Programme Manager
  • PMO Manager

SCQF Qualification Levels Explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?

As Graduate Apprentices are your employees, you will pay their salary. This is not set by SDS but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage.

Time to complete

A GA at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to four years to complete. A GA at SCQF level 8 or 9 (high apprenticeship) and SCQF level 11 (professional body qualification) will take up to two years to complete.

Some individuals may complete the GA in a shorter period of time because the format means they can attend university or college outwith traditional term times.

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The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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