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How Long is an Apprenticeship

Each apprenticeship is distinct, and the length of time varies. It can take one to four years to complete, depending on the quality of the apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability, and the company you are working for.

E.g., an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually lasts 12 to 18 months, while an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship lasts 24 months.

They specifically increase in length if taken part-time, depending on how the apprentice’s time is split.

Apprenticeships are a perfect way to get started with your desired profession. Your colleagues still see and respect you as an equal, and you are given the support and time you need to gain the skills that will help you do your job efficiently. But, you might wonder, how long does it take to complete?

It takes less time than finishing a degree!

One significant advantage of doing an apprenticeship is that, in most cases, it takes less time to complete than an university degree whilst giving you with real-world experience and certification that employers highly respect.

Did you know that their employer keeps three out of every four apprentices after completing their apprenticeship?

As you might be aware, apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes, but the higher the stage, the longer it takes to complete the course. All apprenticeships will vary somewhat, but we’ve included a table below to see how long a course will take depending on your complete qualification level.

Apprenticeship bracket Level Equivalent academic level Approximate length of apprenticeship
Intermediate 2 5 GCSEs at A* – C A minimum of 1 year
Advanced 3 2 A-Level passes Between 15 – 18 months
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above Between 3 and 5 years
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree Between 3 and 6 years

Other factors influencing the time

Now that you have a clear understanding of how long it should take to complete an apprenticeship, it is necessary to keep in mind that a few factors may influence the time. If the GSCE marks, for example, do not follow the apprenticeship requirements, you may need to complete functional skills in English, Math, or ICT. Since it does not count against the 20% off-the-job limit, it may extend the time required to complete the apprenticeship.

If you have already received a similar degree, you would be entitled to reduce the course content you will cover and, therefore, the time it takes to complete the certificate.

Updated on December 23, 2021

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