Degree Apprenticeship in Business Leadership and Management Practice

Help financial services companies across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) manage risks and regulations whilst studying towards a business management degree.

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Available locations are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as we recruit on a rolling basis therefore, applications will close when roles are filled.


Newcastle January 2022 intake and September 2022 intake

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Degree Apprenticeship in Business Leadership and Management Practice


As part of this programme, you will focus on two areas:

  • Study for a degree in Business Leadership and Management Practice at Northumbria University. The module breakdown can be found here.
  • Study towards a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Apprentices who join will be based in our Consuting Service Delivery (CSD) Centre in Newcastle. In a project-based environment, you will work alongside a range of EY staff members, to assist clients, such as retail banks with their processes.


Technology on the programme


You can expect to work on a range of projects which rely on technology and innovation including blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics and analytics. You'll use these innovations alongside different technologies that clients may introduce to the team.

What will you be doing?

  • Working on a range of projects for clients, helping them assess, transform and monitor their risks and controls, in relation to solution areas such as Anti-Money Laundering, Suitability of financial advice and Cyber Security
  • Studying one day a week towards your degree
  • Enjoying access to qualifications in areas like anti-money laundering, cyber security or mortgage advice
  • Working within a team on client projects, meeting daily targets, contributing during team meetings and working towards your personal development 
  • You can find out more about CSD and our different solution areas here
  • Are you eligible to apply?

    We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone. You will, however, need a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and to have completed three A-levels/Five Highers (or equivalent) by the time the programme starts.

    We welcome applications from all academic backgrounds and are looking for individuals who will succeed at EY in the desired role and future qualifications, therefore throughout our recruitment process your academic performance will be considered against your online assessment scores to determine your suitability for an EY role. We are also proud to partner with RARE recruitment, so that your application can be processed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to give you the maximum credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your personal circumstances.

    It is therefore important that you provide us with your top three obtained or accurately predicted A-Levels (or equivalent) as these will be verified and considered as part of the offer process should you be successful. Any drop in grades could jeopardise your offer of employment. 

    Read more on our approach.

  • Further government requirements

    For this particular programme, the government has further additional requirements which you must meet at the time of commencing the apprenticeship.

    • You should not be in receipt of government funding for further education, higher education or learning support
    • You should have UK/EEA Nationality or Permanent Residency Status and have resided in the UK/EEA for at least 3 years prior to starting your apprenticeship.
    • If you already hold a qualification, or have completed an apprenticeship, at the level of this apprenticeship or higher, the skills you will obtain through this apprenticeship must be substantially different to the learning and skills you have already obtained.

    Please note that these eligibility criteria are defined by the UK government and may be subject to change from time to time.

Programme length

Three years


£18,600 - Newcastle only programme

BA (Hons) degree

In Business Leadership and Management Practice accredited by Northumbria University

Recognised accreditation

Chartered Management Status from the Chartered Management Institute

How’s it structured?

You will spend the majority of your time working with your project team, helping to serve our clients on one of our Financial Services projects. During term time, you will typically spend one day of your working week at university. This makes for a combination of real-world experience and knowledge that supports your progression during the programme and beyond.

Year 1 - You will follow the onboarding process into EY, meeting colleagues across all solution lines and being introduced into the firm. You will also be introduced to your degree with Northumbria University and the CMI qualification, which you’ll work towards throughout the first year. At EY, you'll carry out web-based learnings with access to a collection of resources to help you understand the EY culture and key initiatives. Following on from this, you will be onboarded onto your first project within one of our key offerings including cybersecurity, suitability and anti-money laundering, working collaboratively with high performing teams and recognising each other’s strengths to bring diverse perspectives to our clients.

Years 2 and 3 - You'll continue to work towards your degree and CMI qualification, taking on three new modules during your second year of university. At EY, you will gain further experience across different solution areas, engaging with diverse and inclusive teams to further develop your leadership, team, technical and personal skills. 

There are also opportunities to be involved with wider EY initiatives where collaboration across our business areas is encouraged, leveraging our diverse teams to achieve better business results.

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