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Advanced apprenticeships explained

Advanced apprenticeships explainedWhat qualifications can you get from an advanced apprenticeship?

Your qualification will be at level 3, roughly equivalent to two A-levels.

The specific qualification will depend on the apprenticeship. It will often be an NVQ, but there are other qualifications available, like Foundation Diplomas. You can find a full list of level 3 qualifications on the National Careers Service website.

What kind of subjects can you study on an advanced apprenticeship?

All of the main areas covered by apprenticeships have advanced apprenticeships available. However, options are limited in some of them. For example, most Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care apprenticeships are at the intermediate level, with advanced opportunities more limited.

You can search for apprenticeship opportunities online to find out what is currently available.

What kind of work can you do on an advanced apprenticeship?

There are a huge range of different jobs available, including graphic design, restaurant hospitality and investment. Often, the work will be quite hands-on and practical, and you won't specialise much within the job, but there will often be some planning or creative work and you will normally have more responsibility than on an intermediate apprenticeship.

You may be able to move into a more advanced or specialist role with the same employer after your apprenticeship, possibly as part of a new, higher-level apprenticeship.

What qualifications do I need to start an advanced apprenticeship

Apprenticeship entry requirements always vary, but as a guideline, you can expect to need at least five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths. Many advanced apprenticeships will need a level 2 qualification in the same area. This is the kind of qualification you get from an intermediate apprenticeship, so you may be able to do an intermediate apprenticeship first if you don't have the qualification you need.

Remember that you'll need both a job and a course. These might have different entry requirements, so check both.

How long does an advanced apprenticeship take?

All apprenticeships must take at least one year. Advanced apprenticeships rarely take longer than two years.

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