Types of Apprenticeship

What's the difference?

All Apprenticeships provide industry skills, qualifications and experience and no matter which Apprenticeship you study, you will:

  • •  gain the practical skills needed for your career.
  • •  train in the industry you wish to work.
  • •  be in paid employment, and earning while learning.

Four types of Apprenticeship are available:

  • •  Intermediate Apprenticeships
  • •  Advanced Apprenticeships
  • •  Higher Apprenticeships
  • •  Degree Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships – Level 2

Intermediate Apprenticeships develop the essential skills needed for a particular career. They are equivalent to five GCSEs at Grades A*-C / 9-5 and the majority of apprentices start at this level. If you’ve studied A Levels for example, and wish to train to become a chef, you’ll need to study at this level in order to develop the essential skills and techniques required by the catering industry. If you do not have GCSEs in English and maths at Grade A*-C / 9-5, you’ll also develop your maths and English skills through Functional Skills qualifications.

Advanced Apprenticeships – Level 3

Designed to develop skills and understanding at a higher level, Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Level studies. You can start an Advanced Apprenticeship if you have already completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship in a related area and are in a relevant job role.

Higher Apprenticeships – Levels 4 & 5

Higher Apprenticeships combine advanced level skills with higher education qualifications. Available at Levels 4 and 5 (equivalent to a Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree) they are highly rewarding. You will need to have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship, or related Level 3 qualification, and be in a relevant job role to start a Higher Apprenticeship.

Degree Apprenticeships – Levels 6 & 7

If you want to study a bachelor’s or master’s degree, gain invaluable on-the-job training in your chosen career and earn a salary, a Degree Apprenticeship is for you! You will study for a degree as the primary part of your Apprenticeship and as the course costs are met by your employer or the Government, you will have no tuition fees to pay.

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