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What Do I Need For An Apprenticeship

Beginning with an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship, you may develop your career by working your way up through higher-level apprenticeships to get a master’s degree in specific professional areas.

Each apprenticeship opportunity will contain the entry requirements and the qualities that the business is looking for. For example, employers often need A levels and comparable Level 3 qualifications for higher and degree apprenticeships. It would be best if you also examined the job description for any required and desirable skills and any specific qualifications that are needed.

What do I need for an apprenticeship?

Level Entry requirements
Intermediate (Level 2) – generally considered to be equivalent to five GCSE passes. Be over 16 years old, and show you can complete the programme.
Advanced (Level 3) – generally considered to be equivalent to two A level passes. Three or more GCSEs, but other employers don’t specify any formal qualifications.
Higher (Level 4 and above)
Level 4
 – equivalent to an HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Levels 5 and above – equivalent to a full degree.

Five GCSEs grades A – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system), and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National.
Degree (Levels 5 to 7) – these are new and enable apprentices to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship.
Levels 5 and 6 – equivalent to a full degree.

Level 7 – equivalent to a master’s degree.

Five GCSEs grades A – C  (9 – 4 on the new grading system), and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National.
Updated on December 23, 2021

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