Schools & Parents

Levels of Apprenticeships

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over

1. Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills needed for your chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

2. Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes)

Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Apprenticeship.

3. Higher Apprenticeships (lead to qualifications at NVQ Level 4 or, in some cases, a Foundation Degree)

Higher apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree. Apprentices can then also progress to higher education, including university degrees.

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