Want to find out more about the different levels of apprenticeships? Here's our quick guide to apprenticeship levels explained...

Which level of apprenticeship should I do?  

One of the great things about an apprenticeship is there’s something for everyone. They range anywhere from Level 2 (the equivalent of GCSEs) to level 7(the equivalent of a master’s degree).  


Your current qualifications or length of experience determine which apprenticeship you’re eligible for. You could work your way through them or start from whichever level you are already ready for.  


Our quick guide to apprenticeship levels explained 

Level 2: The equivalent of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* - C on the old grading scale). 

Level 3: The equivalent of 2 good A-Level passes. 

Level 4: The equivalent to an HNC, CertHE, Level 4 NVQ, BTEC, or the first year of university. 

Level 5: The equivalent to DipHE, HND, Level 5 NVQ, or Level 5 BTEC, foundation degree, or second year of university. 

Level 6: The equivalent to a BA or BSc Degree, Graduate Certificate, Level 6 NVQ, or Level 6 BTEC. 

Level 7: The equivalent to a Meng, MA, MSc, Level 7 NVQ, PGCSE, or Postgraduate Certificate. 


So, if you’re about to leave school a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship will likely be the best option for you. But if you’ve got some A levels under your belt, Levels 4 to 6 apprenticeships could be perfect to keep advancing into a higher qualification. Or if you want to change your career path, starting from a lower level could be a great way to set some foundations for your new profession.  


If you’d like to talk with someone who’s already on an apprenticeship and get some insight into what it’s like, why not check out our Ambassadors Network.  

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