What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship combines work and study through on the job training and classroom learning at college. You will be employed and paid as in a real job whilst studying for an actual qualification. By the end of the apprenticeship you will have gained the skills and knowledge that you need to complete the job or progress to higher level learning.
There are four different levels of apprenticeship:
Intermediate - equivalent to five good GCSE passes.
Advanced - equivalent to two A-level passes.
Higher - equivalent to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree.
Degree - comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree.
Types of apprenticeships
The majority of jobs sectors offer apprenticeships. These include business, engineering, Law, IT and many more.
To apply for an intermediate apprenticeship, you'll just need to be over 16 years old and no longer in full-time education.
For an advanced apprenticeship, you're likely to be asked for prior work experience and at least three A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs or equivalent - such as an intermediate apprenticeship qualification.
As higher apprenticeships are the equivalent of a foundation degree, HNC or first year of a Bachelors, you'll usually need at least five A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs, as well as some Level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects, to apply. Your Level 3 qualifications could be AS-levels, a BTEC National or a level 3 NVQ.
Degree apprenticeships will have the tightest entry requirements. These may include three A-levels in a specified grade range or a higher apprenticeship qualification, on top of at least five A*-C or 9-4 GCSE grades. It's likely you'll be required to have prior work experience.
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