Apprenticeships UK last up to a year, combines hands-on training with the opportunity to train and earn qualifications. It is also a paid position, so you can gain money when studying. At least 20% of the time is spent learning, generally at a college, university, or training facility.
The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the modern world, doing the work that you set out to do. In the end, you will be given official qualifications that are identical to regular certificates. Apprenticeship standards have been developed and are as follows:
- 2 (Intermediate): GCSEs
- 3 (Advanced): A-levels
- 4 (Higher): foundation degree
- 5 (Higher): foundation degree/first year of bachelor’s degree
- 6 (Degree): bachelor’s degree
- 7 (Degree): master’s degree
It is important to note that there are certain constraints. Apprenticeships are designed to be modular, so certain employers provide level 6 or 7 apprenticeships that are considered to be at a higher level without giving the option of acquiring a degree qualification, whereas others would not.
You must check before applying—the qualifications on offer and the quality to which you can prepare would be made transparent, helping you to decide if you can seek an apprenticeship at the degree level without the risk of being given one at the end.
Many intermediate, advanced, and higher apprenticeships will also enable you to receive qualifications.
Apprenticeships have no maximum age limit, although they are only open to individuals aged 16 and over who reside in England who are not involved in full-time education.