What an apprenticeship means

Apprenticeship courses

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice, you'll be able to work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills. Apprenticeships allow time for training and study related to your role. Apprenticeships can take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification such as a Diploma.

Levels of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
 LevelEquivalent educational level
Intermediate2GCSE
Advanced3A level
Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree