Apprenticeship opportunities are available to anyone over the age of 16 and have continued to evolve in recent years. Apprenticeships provide the chance to work a real, paid job, alongside gaining a qualification relevant to the specific industry. You will spend around 30 hours a week at work, learning on the job, and then attend college, university or a training provider to gain your qualification.

There are currently 4 different levels of apprenticeships as follows:


Intermediate apprenticeships are known as a Level 2 qualification which is the equivalent to GCSE’s.


Advanced apprenticeships are known as a Level 3 qualification, equivalent to A Levels.


Higher apprenticeships cover levels 4 and 5 which are the equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/Diploma or a Foundation Degree.


Degree apprenticeships cover level 6 and 7 and are the equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Assuming you are a student already in some form of higher education the opportunities that will probably be most relevant to you are the Higher and Degree apprenticeships. These apprenticeship opportunities can take between 3-6 years to complete depending on the type of qualification you are looking to gain. Furthermore, if you have decided that university is really not for you and have dropped out or are thinking of dropping out, doing a degree apprenticeship is a great alternative to gain the same level of qualification in alternative way.

Examples of level 4 & 5 higher apprenticeships

  • Accounting

  • Creative and digital media

  • Electrical power networks engineer

  • Hospitality management

  • Insurance professional

  • Project management

  • Retail manager

  • Social media and digital marketing

  • Software developer

  • Supply chain management

Examples of level 6 & 7 degree apprenticeships

  • Aerospace software development engineer

  • Broadcasting technology

  • Civil engineer

  • Financial services professional

  • Laboratory scientist

  • Nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer

  • Power engineer

  • Registered nurse

  • Solicitor

  • Teacher

Benefits of Starting a Higher or Degree Level Apprenticeship

Higher and degree level apprenticeships provide the opportunity to:

  • Gain higher level skills

    With the job market evolving at such a fast pace, skill gaps are constantly emerging between what employees were taught and what they now required to do their job today. The benefit of apprenticeships is that they are tailored to your specific role, achieved by the combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Whilst at work you will be learning from your employer and colleagues and at college/university/training provider you will be taught the theoretical knowledge applicable to your job role.

  • Secure a job after apprenticeship completion

    Those who do an apprenticeship are more likely to secure a permanent position after competition. This is reflected in Government figures reporting that 90% of individuals who completed an apprenticeship in England stayed on in employment, with 71% of those being with the same employer.

If you would like to find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available to you, funding and more, visit our sister website dedicated to providing all the information and guidance you need on apprenticeships, Employing an Apprentice.