What are Apprenticeships UK

Apprenticeships UK lasts up to a year and 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 at college, university, or training facility.

The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills to the modern world, doing the work you set out to do. In the end, you will be given official qualifications 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. For example, apprenticeships are designed to be modular, so certain employers provide level 6 or 7 apprenticeships that are considered at a higher level without 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 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 and are not involved in full-time education.

Updated on September 2, 2022

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