How Many Levels of Apprenticeships Are There?

3 min
February 23, 2021

Trying to figure out the different levels of apprenticeships might seem more confusing than levelling-up in Fortnite (ofcourse, we're gamers!). But we promise it’s not as complicated as it first seems.

Muchlike your favourite game, apprenticeships start at the entry-level andprogressively work their way up, becoming more challenging as you build yourknowledge and experience.

Ready to take a look at what those levels consist of? Game on!

Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level2)

Quiteoften referred to as ‘entry-level’ or ‘level 2’ apprenticeships, these are thefirst starting point on the apprenticeship journey. Currently, around 260, 000young people start one per year, and they’re available in over 40 industries.

Bythe end of an intermediate apprenticeship, you’ll have scored a vocationalqualification, usually at Level 2 NVQ (equivalent to five GCSEs A*-C) but thismight also be a BTEC, GCSE or City and Guilds qualification. You’ll alsoachieve Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths.

Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)

Once you’ve completed Level 2 and want to continue, you’ll move up to an advanced apprenticeship, often referred to as a ‘level 3’ apprenticeship.

Here,you’ll work towards a more challenging qualification, usually Level 3 NVQ orequivalent, as well as a knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC or City andGuilds qualification. You might also complete Functional Skills qualificationsdepending on your previous studies.

Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 & 5)

Smashed levels 2 and 3 of the apprenticeships ladder and wondering what’s next?

That’ll be a higher apprenticeship! Offering level 4 qualifications (for starters) and working up from there, higher apprenticeships are more challenging and you’ll have to be 18 to get onto one.

Becausethey’re more challenging, there are higher entry requirements with employerspreferring you to have at least two A-Levels (or equivalent) or have completedan advanced apprenticeship in the same industry previously. Typically you’llwalk away having achieved a Level 4 NVQ, or above, but they also offer you theopportunity to work towards a foundation degree or higher national diploma.

Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6 & 7)

Lastly, we have the newest level in apprenticeships: degree apprenticeships.

Asan emerging pathway, there are fewer degree apprenticeships, but this isgrowing rapidly. During this pathway, you’ll have the opportunity to worktowards achieving a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (level 6 and 7qualifications).

Theseare the most demanding and challenging level yet because of the type of workyou’ll be doing alongside studying at such a high level. They’re hard work, butthe rewards are more than worth it!

Keythings to remember about a degree apprenticeship include the higher entryrequirements and the length of time you’ll be in one for - typically 4-6 yearsdepending on your course.

Do you have to complete the levels in order?

Normallyin any game, you have to work through one level first before you can move up tothe next one, but not so with apprenticeships!

Dependingon your previous qualifications and experience, you can apply for the level ofapprenticeship that suits you! Just keep in mind you have to be at least 18 forhigher and degree apprenticeships.

All of these blend work and study, but how this is structured will vary rapidly between the levels of apprenticeships and sometimes even year on year for the same level of apprenticeship, especially for degree apprenticeships.

With so much variety, we’re pretty confident there’s a level of apprenticeship to suit you.

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