Apprenticeship Levels

Apprenticeship Levels

There are six different levels of apprenticeships, with different equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4, 5, 6, and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's Degree

Level 2

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work 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

Level 3

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.

Level 4/5

Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4/5) Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree. To be accepted you should have a level 3 qualification, such as A-levels, or have completed an advanced apprenticeship.

Level 6/7

Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6) are equivalent to a bachelor’s degree (BA). Level 7 Apprenticeships are equivalent to a Master’s degree.