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What do all the different apprenticeship levels really mean?


For anyone thinking about applying for an apprenticeship for the first time, it can be confusing trying to understand the different apprenticeships levels, entry requirements and what the more commonly known equivalent qualification level is.


Apprenticeships range from level 2 up to level 7. With level 2 being the lowest and 7 being the highest. These levels are also generally split into 4 categories. Intermediate, Advanced, Higher, and Degree.


Level 2 Apprenticeships

Known as Intermediate Apprenticeships, Level 2 Apprenticeships are equivalent to five GCSE passes at grades 9-4.


This is the lowest level of apprenticeship available and there is usually no eligibility criteria to apply, although most companies will be looking for you to demonstrate a good attitude towards the course and show you have the ability to complete the course during your interview. You will need to be over 16 years old to be able to apply.



You may be required to undertake Functional Skills in English and Maths. This level of Apprenticeship provides the


skills required for the your chosen career, and allows entry to a Level 3 Apprenticeship.


Level 3 Apprenticeships

Known as Advanced Apprenticeships, Level 3 Apprenticeships are equivalent to two A-level passes.


To start this programme, the applicant should ideally hold five GCSEs at grades 9-4, or have completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship or you may be required to undertake Functional Skills in English and Maths.


Level 4 Apprenticeships

This level of Apprenticeship provides the skills required for the Apprentice’s chosen career. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally hold five GCSEs at grades 9-4 and have completed a


Level 3 Apprenticeship or equivalent or you may be required to undertake Functional Skills in English and Maths.


Level 5 Apprenticeships



Level 5 apprenticeships are also classified as higher apprenticeships, but are the equivalent of the full degree.


To start this programme, the requirements for a level 5 apprenticeship will be similar to that of a level 4. However, as this is a more advanced course it is not unusual to see more specific requirements from employers.


Level 6 and 7 Apprenticeships

Known as Degree Apprenticeships, The level 6 apprenticeship gives candidates the opportunity to obtain a full bachelor’s degree. The level 7 is an opportunity to gain a masters degree in your chosen subject.


It is common to see strict requirements from employers for these apprenticeships due their advanced academic study. You will almost certainly need prior qualifications which will need to be transferable to t


he apprenticeship in some way.


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