Apprenticeship Levels: A Guide

If you know you want to do an apprenticeship course but aren’t sure what one is right for you, we can help.

One of the first things you’ll need to decide is what level apprenticeship is right you. It is hugely important that you make the right decision on what level suits you so that you are accepted into the course and can follow the curriculum.

Intermediate apprenticeships are an ideal choice for young people who are starting out in an industry or have very little or few qualifications from school. An intermediate apprenticeship will give you a qualification that is the same as 5 A*-C GCSEs.

If you have already gained 5 GCSEs or equivalent from school, college or elsewhere, you won’t need to undertake an intermediate level apprenticeship. Instead, you should apply for an advanced apprenticeship. An advanced apprenticeship is equivalent to two A Level passes, so if you already have the GCSEs you need, it is a natural progression to the next step.

If you have already gained two A Levels, you could opt for a higher apprenticeship. These are one step above an A Level and are equivalent to an undergraduate degree. You will need to have at least 2 A Level passes to undertake this apprenticeship, and they are often referred to as degree apprenticeships.

Some people find that they are better suited to advanced apprenticeship levels rather than higher. This could be because of their grades, or because of the industry they want to study. Advanced apprenticeships are easier to find than higher apprenticeships, so it’s something to think about if you have your heart set on a certain sector.

Apprenticeships are a great way to help young people into the career industry of their choice. When deciding on an apprenticeship, it is important to think about how you would like to further your career after the apprenticeship has come to an end. Will the apprenticeship help you to reach your goal?

Think about the skills you will gain from your apprenticeship and consider industries that are growing, like computing, or industries with skill shortages, like engineering.

Here at GET, we offer work-based apprenticeships in a variety of engineering sectors. For more information, you can take a look at our current vacancies here, or get in touch with the team via our contact page or by calling us on 01452 423461.