A Levels

A Level students thinking about apprenticeships

A level students thinking about apprenticeships

If you are doing A Levels you might be considering either an apprenticeship or university (higher education) when you finish. 

An apprenticeship can be a good route if you want to get training for a specific job sector and be earning at the same time. There are all sorts of opportunities for fantastic apprenticeships developing all the time.

However, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Apprenticeship vacancies for the summer after you finish your A Levels will probably be advertised sometime after January 15th, which is the application date for higher education. Therefore, if you are undecided about whether to choose an apprenticeship or higher education path it is probably best to apply for higher education and then look for apprenticeship vacancies. If you get an apprenticeship you can always decline your university offer.
  • There are 40+ different job areas now offering Higher Apprenticeships, which are higher education level qualifications (Level 4+). Employers are asking for A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications as entry requirements. Search for vacancies online at the gov.uk website and by looking at companies' websites or make speculative applications.
  • If you do not have the relevant job specific experience you might have to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship, even through these are the same level qualifications (Level 3), as A Levels - although you might be able to complete it quicker than a 16 year old.
  • Not all sectors offer Higher Apprenticeship qualifications so make sure you check if they are available in your chosen sector.
  • For some jobs a university degree is the only pathway e.g. nurse, doctor, architect, etc and there is no apprenticeship pathway
  • Higher Apprenticeship opportunities are likely to be highly competitive!
  • There will be up to 15,000 apprenticeship vacancies in over 1,400 job roles available to students getting their exam results this summer.
  • Last year, there were 3,700 Higher Level Apprenticeships available (up by 67.6% on the previous year).
  • There are also now Degree Apprenticeships. These have been designed by employers and universities. Find out more.