Entry requirements for apprenticeships in Wales

The level of apprenticeship you start at will depend on the kind of job you're applying for.

Sofia, Level 3 digital marketing apprentice

I did maths, history, and economics for A level... I wanted to step away from traditional formal education so began to look for gap year and school leaver opportunities. I applied for a traineeship – work experience you do before an apprenticeship – within the finance sector. I spent a year in that industry but didn’t feel it was right for me. I really enjoyed the independence and freedom of working, and the ability to be able to learn whilst doing things on the job.

You can start an apprenticeship at the level appropriate to the job, and work all the way up to achieving a master's degree for some job roles.

Each apprenticeship vacancy will specify the entry requirements and the qualities the employer is looking for. For higher and degree apprenticeships, employers are generally asking for A levels and other Level 3 qualifications.

Foundation apprenticeships: there are no fixed academic entry requirements for foundation apprenticeships. However, some vacancies and standards may identify the value of relevant work experience, and subjects studied that would give students useful understanding prior to starting the apprenticeship. These may be Level 2 Certificates, Diplomas, or NVQs, as well as GCSEs. 

Level 3 apprenticeships: these vary, but you may be expected to have completed a related Level 2 apprenticeship, Diploma or BTEC, or to have between three and five GCSEs (A*-C) or equivalent.

Higher apprenticeships: usually require relevant Level 3 qualifications, such as two or more AS/A levels, or related Diplomas or NVQs, as well as GCSEs (A*-C) or equivalent.

Degree apprenticeships: you'll be expected to have at least two A levels. Entry requirements vary, depending on the degree and apprenticeship job role you apply for. Specific subjects and grades may be set by the employer and university/college offering the degree apprenticeship.