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Your Apprenticeship Journey

Your Apprenticeship Journey


We hope you enjoy your time studying with BNU.  Our aim is to give you the best possible experience in academic learning, social activities, as well as benefiting from our range of support services, which are available to everyone studying with the University.


Please read your Joining Instructions carefully and complete all the required documents prior to starting your Apprenticeship Programme. This will include important information on the time, date and location of your Induction. If you have any questions, please contact our Student Centre.


At the start of your Apprenticeship, you will be invited to attend an induction, where you will have the opportunity to:


As an apprentice, you have agreed and signed a Commitment Statement to the following responsibilities throughout your programme at Buckinghamshire New University.

  • Attend all learning activities/classes required
  • Complete and evidence 20% Off-The-Job training
  • Build an e-portfolio to provide evidence of gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviour required from the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Proactively participate in tri-partite learning reviews and keep your individual learning plan up to date
  • Complete your End Point Assessment.

The Commitment Statement is intended to be used at, and to inform the regular tri-partite reviews between training provider, employer and apprentice parties that take place during the lifetime of the Apprenticeship.

The Commitment Statement will be signed by both the employer and the apprentice. A copy of your signed Commitment Statement will be filed within your Aptem account and can be viewed by yourself, the academic team and the University.

A full list of the roles and responsibilities can be located in Section 2 of the Commitment Statement.


As part of your Apprenticeship, all apprentices must undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA), which will be taken at the end of your Apprenticeship Programme. The EPA is a key part of your apprenticeship programme, which will assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours you have learnt throughout your Apprenticeship.

All apprentices MUST undertake their EPA to successfully complete their Apprenticeship. We would encourage you to ensure you are prepared to undertake your EPA in a timely fashion, with your e-portfolio of evidence completed.


These meetings are an important part of your Apprenticeship Programme and will be carried out regularly between you, your employer and a member of the University. This will happen approximately three times per year. The aim of the meetings is to review your progression and allow you the opportunity to raise any issues or concerns you may have. These reviews can be face-to-face or remote via skype/conference call etc. For any questions regarding your learner review, contract a member of your academic team.


Once you are ‘on programme’, you will follow your programme timetable of learning. Training is delivered as blended learning and you will be set assessment deadlines, which will be graded on their outcome. Apprentices can access their assignments and their outcomes using Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment. You will be required to pass all the stage requirements before progressing onto the next stage. Throughout your programme will be required to build an e-porfolio using Aptem (a Learning Management System) to evidence your progress, as well as participating in regular tri-partite learning reviews.

Throughout your Apprenticeship Programme, you can access all the Universities facilities including the Gateway GymSports & Wellbeing Clinic and free shuttle bus as well as the Student Union advice centre, Counselling services and Student Support.


To complete your Apprenticeship, all apprentices are required to sit an End Point Assessment, which will show evidence you have achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship standard for the relevant programme. In addition, all apprentices, who do not hold Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths, must have completed their Functional Skills learning prior to sitting their End Point Assessment.


On successful completion of your Apprenticeship Programme at Buckinghamshire New University, you will be awarded your certificate and have the opportunity to attend your graduation day. The date and time of your graduation day will be available on our website at least six months prior to your graduation.