There are a wide variety of different levels of apprenticeship, each offering different qualifications. Here at Estio, we offer different apprenticeship levels, from Level 3 to Level 7.
This is often referred to as an intermediate level apprenticeship. Level 2 is generally considered to be the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes. It’s the lowest level of apprenticeship available, and there isn’t usually any eligibility criteria – but, you will have to demonstrate that you can complete the course, and you need to be over 16 to apply.
This is known as an advanced apprenticeship. This is the equivalent to be the same as two passes at A Level, and is the common next step for those who have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship. In terms of eligibility criteria, companies often look for someone who has completed a Level 2 apprenticeship or has 5 passes at GCSE.
This is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, or a Higher National Certificate (HNC). The requirements are a bit tougher, requiring applicants to have completed a Level 3 apprenticeship, have a Level 3 NVQ/SVQ, have a BTEC or two passes at A Level.
Also classified as higher apprenticeships, the Level 5 apprenticeship equivalent is a foundation degree. The requirements will be similar to that of a Level 4, but it’s not unusual to see more specific requirements from employers.
These give candidates the opportunity to obtain a full Bachelor’s degree – with the Level 7 offering the opportunity to gain a Master’s in your chosen subject. As these are more demanding courses, you will likely find more strict requirements from employers.
Deciding on the best levels of apprenticeship for you will depend entirely on your previous experience. If you already have qualifications and are looking for a career change, you may be eligible for a higher level apprenticeship off the bat. However, if you are a school-leaver starting from scratch, your options will be more limited.View Jobs
Apprenticeships will take a minimum of one year, but can range to as long as six years to complete, depending on the level. Some factors will influence how long an apprenticeship takes, like your previous career and experience, or the type of role you are seeking an apprenticeship for.
You might have noticed that whilst there are different apprenticeship levels, ranging from Level 2 to Level 7, there are only four different categories. Both Higher apprenticeships and Degree apprenticeships have two separate level qualifications.
Yes – each of the different levels of apprenticeship you complete will equip you with the correct qualifications to progress to the next.
The highest level of apprenticeship is Level 7, which is a degree apprenticeship that offers the ability to study towards a Master’s degree.
Each apprenticeship level is representative to a level of further education, like A Levels, foundation degrees and so on. This offers the opportunity to study and achieve these qualifications without the need to go to college or university full-time, completing different levels of apprenticeships instead.
Yes, as long as you have the qualifying criteria for the level of apprenticeship there isn’t any reason why you can’t embark upon it. For instance, you might already have a degree, and pursue a degree apprenticeship in a different topic.
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