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Apprenticeship Levels = Explained

Whether you are an employer wanting to enrol an employee onto an apprenticeship or thinking about enrolling yourself onto an apprenticeship it is important to know what the different levels of apprenticeships are, and which is best suited to you. So being the helpful people we are we have decided to write you a handy blog piece to help you out! You can thank us later.


There are currently four levels of apprenticeships that you can do. They all involve work-based learning and will lead to recognised qualifications which will be helpful if you are trying to impress current or future employers.

  • Intermediate apprenticeships are Level 2 qualifications and can be compared to GCSE level with the marks given in A*- C or 4 – 9 on the new system.
  • Advanced apprenticeships are Level 3 qualifications and can be compared to A levels.
  • Higher apprenticeships tend to be Levels 4/5 and even above.
  • A degree apprenticeship tends to be Levels 6/7 and can be compared to university level as your qualification is a Degree.


If you are planning to do an Apprenticeship over University this next bit might be helpful for you. Equally, if you are an employer who is interested in sending their employee to do a degree then it will be beneficial for you to understand the different levels.

  • Level 4/5 is equivalent to Foundation year at University.
  • Level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree at University.
  • Level 7 is equivalent to a master’s degree at University.


Important to note that to get onto a higher apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship you’ll normally need a level 3 qualification such as an advanced apprenticeship, A levels or NVQ level 3. You’ll also need to have a level 2 qualification such as an intermediate apprenticeship or five good GCSE passes (grades A*–C or 4–9).


Now all you have to do is select the type of apprenticeship you want to do. If you are interested in Management Development or Leadership Development, you have come to the right place! We specialise in management and leadership apprenticeships accredited with ILM and our Clients have seen outstanding results. But don’t take our word for it…

“What appealed to me about the apprenticeship programme was the structured approach of the workshops and the course content. The pace of the course is realistic and achievable, and it was appealing to have a recognised qualification at the end of the course”.- Lucy Pitt, previous Level 3 Apprentice.


Click here to view our Case Studies on previous apprentices.

Click here to go to the Apprenticeships page.

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