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Higher apprenticeships explained

Higher apprenticeships explainedWhat qualifications can you get from a higher apprenticeship?

Your qualification will be from level 4 to level 7, roughly equivalent to a foundation degree. In some cases, you may take the first year of a degree course as part of the apprenticeship, and you may be able to start a related degree course in the second year after your apprenticeship.

The specific qualification will depend on the apprenticeship. It will often be an NVQ, but there are other qualifications available, like foundation degrees. You may also earn an industry-specific qualification. You can find a full list of level 4-7 qualifications on the National Careers Service website.

What kind of subjects can you study on a higher apprenticeship?

Higher apprenticeships are most common in:

  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
  • Information and Communication Technology

but they are available in other areas too. There aren't as many higher apprenticeships available overall as intermediate and advanced ones, so you may have to keep looking to find the opportunity you want.

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

What kind of work can you do on a higher apprenticeship?

There are many different jobs available, including financial auditing, quantity surveying and network engineering. The work will often be specialist and detailed, with a lot of theory to learn.

What qualifications do I need to start a higher apprenticeship

Apprenticeship entry requirements always vary, but as a guideline, you can expect to need at least two A-levels or to have completed an Advanced apprenticeship.

Remember that you'll need both a job and a course. These might have different entry requirements, so check both. Your employer will likely require some work experience to accept you as a higher apprentice, and more relevant experience will improve your chances of getting the place.

How long does a higher apprenticeship take?

Higher apprenticeships must take at least one year. Advanced apprenticeships often take longer than two years, and four years is not uncommon.

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