What level of apprenticeship should I do?Posted: 1st of April 2015 by
If you are considering the apprenticeship route, you probably want to know what levels of apprenticeship are available and which one would be right for you based on your prior learning and attainment.
There are three levels of apprenticeship
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (level 2) – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
- Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3) – equivalent to 2 A-level passes
- Higher Apprenticeship (level 4 +) – equivalent to NVQ level 4, foundation degree or above.
Entry requirements for apprenticeships
You can begin an apprenticeship at the age of 16 and the entry qualifications for each level are generally as follows (an employer may accept you with less that the entry requirements if you have shown that you are capable of achieving)
Intermediate apprenticeship entry requirements – Some GCSEs at A* - C, ideally including maths and English
Advanced apprenticeship entry requirements – Five GCSEs, a National Diploma or A-levels
Higher apprenticeship entry requirements – A-levels or a National Diploma (vocational level 3 qualification)
What do you study on an apprenticeship?
The core components for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships are:
- A nationally recognised vocational qualification
- Functional skills
- A technical certificate such as a BTEC or City & Guilds (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship)
- A professional qualification as specified by the particular job.
- The core components for Higher Apprenticeships are as above but exclude the functional skills element.
What if I have a degree?
If you have a degree, you can still undertake an apprenticeship. However, your employer will not be able to access any government funding to cover the costs of employing you as an apprentice and so you may find it more difficult to find an apprenticeship programme.
The funding method at the moment means that if an employer takes on an apprentice aged 16 – 18, they get 100% funding from the government and at 19 – 24, partial funding. This may change however in the future and there are plans to have employers contribute more to costs.
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