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What Grades do you Need for an Apprenticeship

Starting with an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship, you can continue your schooling, work your way up to higher-level apprenticeships in some job areas, and obtain a master’s degree.

What grades do you need for an apprenticeship? 

Each apprenticeship role will specify the entry requirements and the characteristics that the employer is looking for. Employers usually need A levels and other Level 3 skills for higher and degree apprenticeships. You should also go through the job qualifications and see whether there are any necessary and suitable skills they are looking for and any specific certificates needed.

The entry requirements for each are as follows:

Intermediate (Level 2) – is generally considered equivalent to five GCSE moves. To show their ability to complete the programme, applicants must be above 16.

Advanced (Grade 3) – which is generally thought to be equivalent to two A stage transfers. Some employers choose apprentices with three or more GCSEs, although others do not need particular qualifications. Prior business experience should be requested from any employer. Examine apprenticeship openings to see whether any prerequisite topics and grades are needed.

Higher (Level 4 and above) – an HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of a bachelor’s degree.

Levels 5 and above – the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

Admission needs at least five GCSEs at grades A–C (9–4 on the new grading system) and Level 3 certificates such as A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National. Any employer will request or need applicants to be knowledgeable about subjects related to the apprenticeship. Examine apprenticeship openings to see whether any prerequisite topics and grades are needed.

Degree (Levels 5–7) – These are more recent, enabling apprentices to earn a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship. A bachelor’s degree is equivalent to Levels 5 and 6. A master’s degree is equal to Level 7.

Admission needs at least five GCSEs at grades A–C (9–4 on the new grading system) and Level 3 certificates such as A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National. Certain employers have stringent entry requirements. For example, recent IT degree apprenticeship advertising required an A level (or equivalent) grade range of ABB to CCC. In addition, many employers will expect or need applicants to have qualifications in fields related to the apprenticeship at hand.

Examine apprenticeship openings to see whether any prerequisite topics and grades are needed.

Updated on September 5, 2022

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