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Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship

If you have achieved 5 good GCSES (grades A*-C or 9-4 in new grading) and/or good post-16 results you might be interested in an Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.

For more information follow this link to the apprenticeships section.

A level/BTEC Level 3 students thinking about apprenticeships

If you are doing A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications, like BTECs/OCRs, you might be considering an apprenticeship or higher education (university) 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/other Level 3 qualifications are advertised throughout the year and the closing dates can vary. Therefore, if you are undecided about whether to choose an apprenticeship or higher-education path it is probably best to apply for higher education as well as look for apprenticeship vacancies. If you get an apprenticeship you can always decline your university offer.
  • There are 70+ 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 making speculative applications.
  • If you do not have the relevant job-specific experience you might have to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship, even though 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. Look here for an A-Z list of all available apprenticeships and their levels.
  • For some jobs a university degree is the only pathway e.g. vet, doctor, architect, etc. and there is no apprenticeship pathway.
  • Higher and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities are likely to be highly competitive!

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