With tuition fees sky high, more and more young people are searching for other ways to begin their career. Apprenticeships are often regarded as solely for students who didn’t get the grades for university, but this is far from the truth. The highest level apprenticeships carry the same weight as a full degree, proving they’re not to be sniffed at.
An article on Milkround states that 85% of apprentices stay employed after receiving their qualification, with two students out of three remaining with the same employer. With so many different options, apprenticeships are becoming a very popular choice among students. Take a look at how apprenticeships are broken into levels to find out how they differ.
Level 2: Intermediate
Apprenticeships at Level 2 are equivalent to five passes at GCSE level. To apply you must be over sixteen years of age, and be able to demonstrate the ability to complete the programme.
Level 3: Advanced
Advanced apprenticeships hold the same weighting as two A level passes. While some companies will request that applicants have three or more GCSEs, others don’t request any qualifications. However, in some positions you may need previous experience in your chosen field.
Level 4+: Higher
At Levels 4 and 5, entry to apprenticeships may require at least five GCSE grades A-C, as well as Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, BTEC National or Level 3 NVQ and SVQ. Some companies may require that students study subjects relevant to the apprenticeship position. Apprenticeships at Level 4 are equivalent to a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree, while Level 5 positions carry the same value as a full degree.
Levels 5-7: Degree
Apprenticeships at levels 5-7 are new qualifications that allow apprentices to earn a full bachelor’s degree (Levels 5 and 6) or a master’s degree (Level 7) during their apprenticeship. Similar to Level 4, these apprenticeships can require at least five GCSE grades A-C and Level 3 qualifications (for examples see Level 4). Depending on the apprenticeship, qualifications related to the chosen subject are essential, and many demand specific entry requirements.
Whichever apprenticeship level you’re interested in, remember to research the vacancy thoroughly to find out if any particular subjects or grades are necessary to be accepted for the position.
- By Rebecca Gibson
Fri 28 Jul 2017