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What do the different types of apprenticeship mean?

Apprenticeships are a great option for 16-24 year olds who would prefer to earn money whilst they get their qualifications and gain experience in a real working environment.


Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes.

You can do an apprenticeship in a huge range of industries. It’s not just the stereotypical manual apprenticeships like plumbing, electrical, or construction and engineering (although apprenticeships are a very effective way of entering these industries). Apprenticeships can be done in marketing, law, agriculture, media, the Arts, travel and tourism, and so much more. Apprenticeships also provide a range of qualifications to those who choose them as a route to employment.

Here’s a detailed guide to the different types of apprenticeships you can study at Leicester College.



Intermediate Apprenticeships

This is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeships) can include GCSEs grades A*–C, BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates, OCR Nationals, Key Skills Level 2 and NVQs at Level 2. They also allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.


Advanced Apprenticeships

An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeships) can include A Levels, Advanced Extension Awards, GCE in applied subjects, International Baccalaureates, Key Skills Level 3, NVQs at Level 3, BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards, BTEC Nationals and OCR Nationals. To apply, you need five GCSEs at grade C or above or a completed Intermediate Apprenticeship.


Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships give you the chance to get a degree-level qualification, whilst gaining practical work experience in your chosen industry and earning a salary. With a Higher Apprenticeship you can study any higher education qualification, including Foundation Degrees, NVQ Levels 4 and 5, HNCs and HNDs.


The government has also introduced new, industry designed Degree Apprenticeships

Want to take your apprenticeship learning even higher? In March 2015 the government responded to employers’ demands to merge the best of higher education and vocational qualifications, with the creation of Degree Apprenticeships. These will be offered initially in areas such as Engineering, Nuclear, and Chartered Surveying, with huge involvement from industries to develop effective learning. The government said: “Degree Apprenticeships will give people a great head start, combining a full degree with the real practical skills gained in work and the financial security of a regular pay packet. They will bring the world of business and the world of education closer together, and let us build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future.”


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