Like other sorts of employment, apprenticeships have bare minimums that a candidate must meet to be considered for the job, and you may need A levels for an apprenticeship.
Still, there are general expectations for applicants at each apprenticeship level, and recognising them might help you decide what is best for you before applying and whether you need A levels for an apprenticeship.
What is required?
2 (Intermediate), equivalent to GCSEs: The only entry requirement is that the applicant is at least 16 years old.
3 (Advanced), which is equivalent to A-levels: At this level, most employers would prefer three or more GCSEs, ideally in English and Maths. Relevant experience is also beneficial.
4 (Higher), is considered the equivalent of a foundation degree: Employers will look for GCSEs and level 3 credentials such as A-levels and their equivalents such as a BTEC. At this time, experience in a relevant sector is also preferred.
5 (Higher), equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree: Level 4 is the same as level 3, but with higher minimum grade standards and apparent demand for previous experience.
6 (Advanced), equivalent to a bachelor’s degree: Level 5 with higher minimum grade requirements and a strong need for previous experience.
7 (Advanced), which is equivalent to a master’s degree: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent level 4 certifications and several years of preceding experience are required.
6 (Degree), equivalent to a bachelor’s degree: Three to five GCSEs are needed, as well as three or more A-levels, with at least one related subject or comparable level 3 certificates.
7 (Degree), equivalent to a master’s degree: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent level 4 or higher qualifications and several years of relevant experience are required.