Apprenticeships these days come in all shapes and sizes. Through an apprenticeship, you could train to be a solicitor, engineer, journalist, pharmacist or graphic designer, and that's just for starters! You will be paid a wage and any qualifications you undertake as part of your apprenticeship, including a university degree, will be paid for by your employer.

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Back to basics

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training. Apprentices also work towards relevant qualifications while on the job. There are four type of apprenticeships:



Equivalent education level



 Five GCSE passes at grade 9-4



Two A-level passes
Level 3 Diploma
International  Baccalaureate


 4, 5, 6 and 7

 Foundation degree and above


 6 and 7

 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

What are the basic requirements?

A basic level of literacy and numeracy is required to undertake any apprenticeship. If you don't have a GCSE in English or Maths, you may be able, depending on the apprenticeship, to work towards a "functional skills" qualification while completing your apprenticeship. Students may also qualify for a traineeships programme which can be undertaken if they do not qualify for an apprenticeship.


The following links offer an excellent insight into apprenticeships and how to find them: