Degree apprenticeships are available at level 6. They combine work with study and include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Levels 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/ Diploma or a foundation degree, level 6 is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. Higher and Degree apprenticeship entry requirements depend on the employer or company. Generally speaking, they are as follows:
To apply for an intermediate apprenticeship, you need to be over 16 years old and no longer in full-time education.
For an advanced apprenticeship, you’re likely to be asked for prior work experience and at least three A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs or equivalent – such as an intermediate apprenticeship qualification.
As higher apprenticeships are the equivalent of a foundation degree, (HNC or first year of a Bachelors) you’ll usually need at least five A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs, as well as some Level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects to apply. Level 3 qualifications could be AS-levels, a BTEC National or a level 3 NVQ.
Degree apprenticeships entry requirements include three A-levels in a specified grade range or a higher apprenticeship qualification, on top of at least five A*-C or 9-4 GCSE grades. It’s likely you’ll be required to have prior work experience.
You can apply for apprenticeships at any time of the year – it all depends when an employer has a vacancy. You’ll be able to check the specific entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship once the position opens.
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