What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is fundamentally a job, where you combine time working alongside experienced staff, gaining practical training and skills with time studying – all while earning a wage. Studying is usually in blocks of time away from the workplace e.g. one day per week, or sometimes it may be longer concentrated periods of time spent studying e.g. blocks of a number of weeks at a time. Your course fees will be covered by your employer and the government. Apprenticeships are varied so it is best to check the specifics of the programme offered.

Higher and Degree apprenticeships can take from 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent education level Qualifications typically needed
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A-Level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above Typically need Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, NVQs or a BTECs, ideally relevant to apprenticeship standard
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelors or Masters degree Typically need A-Levels or significant work experience in a similar sector

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma or an industry accredited qualification e.g. a professional qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

More useful information can be found on Unifrog and also the following websites:

  • LEBC – Leicestershire Education Business Company – Careers Advice

    LEBC was set up in 1992 as an independent charity, to create a one stop shop for employers, schools and colleges with the aim of helping young people to prepare for working life. A careers adviser from LEBC visits MV16 on a regular basis and students can make an appointment for advice and guidance and to discuss their career options. Appointments are made through MV Reception.

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