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Apprenticeships in England

Find out about the different levels of apprenticeships, and where to start your research.
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There are four types of apprenticeship available. Each level has different entry requirements, which may depend on the skills and qualifications you hold.

Level Entry requirements
Intermediate (Level 2) – generally considered to be equivalent to five GCSE passes. Applicants need to be over 16 years old, and show they have the ability to complete the programme.
Advanced (Level 3) – generally considered to be equivalent to two A level passes.

Some industries want apprentices who have three or more GCSEs, but other employers don’t specify any formal qualifications. Some
may ask for previous experience in the industry.

Check apprenticeship vacancies to see if there are any specific subjects and/or grades you need to have.

Higher (Level 4 and above)

Level 4 – equivalent level to an HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Level 5 and above – equivalent to full degree.

Entry can include at least five GCSEs grades A – C, and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National. Some will expect or require applicants to have subjects related to the particular apprenticeship.

Check apprenticeship vacancies to see if there are any specific subjects and/or grades you need to have.

Degree (levels 5 to 7) – these are new and enable apprentices to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship.

Levels 5 and 6  equivalent to a full degree.

Level 7 – equivalent to a master’s degree.

Entry can include at least five GCSEs grades A – C, and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National.

Some employers have specific entry requirements. For example, recent IT degree apprenticeship adverts have required an A level (or equivalent) grade range of ABB to CCC.

Many employers will expect or require applicants to have qualifications in subjects related to the particular apprenticeship.

Check apprenticeship vacancies to see if there are any specific subjects and/or grades you need to have.


Start your research now!

You can now use UCAS’ career finder tool to see details of some new higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies.  These are being advertised by a small group of employers who are keen to recruit early for their vacancies, well in advance of their start dates of September 2017 or later. This gives you with plenty of time to consider all your post-18 options and make your applications. View a list of the apprenticeships available. You can also see lists lists of graduate jobs and internships on UCAS' career finder tool

  • Some of these vacancies are ‘open to applications’. Details and instructions on how to apply are in the vacancy details. Read our advice and tips on applying for apprenticeships..
  • Some vacancies are currently ‘open to expressions of interest’. This means you can let the employer know you’re interested in this apprenticeship now, and you will be contacted as soon as it's open to applications. Details and instructions on how to express your interest in a vacancy are in the vacancy details.
  • Some vacancies will just give you advance notice of when they will open to applications – so make a note of the dates for any you’re interested in.

Degree apprenticeships are new, so there are only a limited number of vacancies available at the moment. It's anticipated that the number of vacancies will grow over the next year or two.

If you decide a degree or higher apprenticeship is the right choice for you, you may want to research other apprenticeship vacancies which are being advertised now, but these will have earlier application deadlines and start dates before summer 2017. It’s good to check these out regularly, so you get an idea of the range and availability of apprenticeship opportunities. Find apprenticeship vacancies in England.


 To get an idea of what higher apprenticeships are available to study, take a look at the  government's list of types of apprenticeship (100.05 KB). You can find out more on the GOV.UK website.

 


Help and support

 For help and support about apprenticeships in England: