Level 2 Apprenticeships Explained

Level 2 Apprenticeships Explained

Posted in Intermediate Level 2 on Jun 13, 2019 by

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What are Level 2 Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular with school leavers, with over 261,000 people starting a Level 2 Apprenticeship in England in 2016/17, in over 100 different industries, but what exactly is a Level 2 Apprenticeship?

A Level 2 apprenticeship is the intermediate level apprenticeship, where you split your time between working full time with your employer and studying towards a qualification. Level 2 Apprenticeships help you get a head start in your chosen profession, allowing you to earn while you learn and work towards a vocational qualification that’s relevant to your apprenticeship. Training costs are funded by the government and the employer so are completely free for the apprentice to do.

Where can I do an intermediate apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available at companies of all sizes including BT and Unilever. They’re available in over 170 industries, from boatbuilding to advertising, from construction to animal care, whatever you’re interested in you’re sure to find an apprenticeship that suits you.

Industries include:

  • engineering and manufacturing technologies
  • retail and commercial enterprise
  • health, public services and care
  • education and training
  • advertising and media
  • travel and tourism
  • hospitality

To find current vacancies look at our apprenticeship search tool. Other job board websites include Milkround and Monster Jobs.

What qualifications you can get with a Level 2 Apprenticeship?

During a level 2 apprenticeship you earn a qualification that’s the equivalent of 5 good GCSE passes – ranging from A*- C (or 9-4 in the new system). Apprentices gain a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification and a knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC diploma.

Who are they for?

In order to apply for an intermediate level apprenticeship you must be:

  • Living in England
  • Not in full time education
  • Aged 16+

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements vary, with most employers asking for two or more GCSEs (A*-C or 9-14), including Maths and English. Some employers will accept applicants without these grades. Often if you don’t have a GCSE in Maths and English, you’ll be required to take a basic literacy and numeracy test.


If you’re under 19 or in your first year of the apprenticeship you must be paid at least apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.90 an hour, with many employers offering more than that. Apprentices get 20 days paid holiday + paid bank holidays a year.

Where can you go afterwards?

Once you’ve completed the Level 2 apprenticeship, you’re eligible to start the Level 3 apprenticeship (A-Level) and can continue to move upwards to higher and degree apprenticeship level. Over 90% of apprentices go onto further training or work after their apprenticeship.

For more information about apprenticeships including apprentice rights, check out Gov UK's website.

Think you’re ready for an apprenticeship? Use our Apprenticeship Finder tool to find the perfect apprenticeship for you!

By Clarissa Ducie