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Higher Apprenticeship

What is it?

Higher Apprenticeships lead to work-based learning qualifications from level 4 - level 7 such as National Vocational Qualification, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) or a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

These are aimed at people aged over 18 with level 3 qualifications  like A Levels and BTEC Nationals or those progressing from Advanced Apprenticeships. These are currently available more than 40 sectors.

Degree Apprenticeships, at level 4 to 6, are also available. Find out more here.

Where could I study?

You will be employed by a company and then linked to a college or training provider. You can search for local vacancies by following this link.

How long will it take me?

It varies - depending on the sector, the qualification you’re going for and the skills you already have. Generally, a Higher Apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete.

Options after the course?

Completing a Higher Apprenticeship can lead to further training at the next level, such as a degree. The majority of apprentices will continue working for the company they trained with and may be able to work towards promotion.