Know your apprenticeships

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If you’re interested in the different levels of apprenticeship then read on, the team at icon-training.com are here to explain all

Intermediate Apprenticeships

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. The apprentice works towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills required for the apprentice’s chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Advanced Apprenticeships

An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs at grade C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree. New Higher Apprenticeship frameworks were developed as part of the Higher Apprenticeship Development Fund. Apprentices can also progress to higher education, including university degrees. 

Levels of qualification

Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeships) can include:

  • GCSEs grades A*–C
  • BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates
  • OCR Nationals
  • Key Skills Level 2
  • NVQs at Level 2

Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeships) can include:

  • A Levels
  • Advanced Extension Awards
  • GCE in applied subjects
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Key Skills Level 3
  • NVQs at Level 3
  • BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • BTEC Nationals
  • OCR Nationals

Level 4+ (Higher Apprenticeships) can include:

  • NVQs at Level 4
  • BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards
  • Foundation degrees
  • Honours Degrees and more