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Apprenticeships offer a more hands-on practical approach to learning, enabling you to gain real life experience while you earn and study towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete and are available in 1500 occupations across 170 industries, from construction and manufacturing to healthcare and technology. They are a great option for you if you want to get a head start in a particular industry and prefer a more hands-on learning experience.

There are different types of Apprenticeships

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (Level 2): offers GCSE level equivalent Qualifications

Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3): offers A-Level equivalent Qualifications

Higher Apprenticeships: - leads to level 4 qualifications and above. 

Degree Apprenticeships:  offers Degree Level equivalent Qualifications

In Year 12 you will undertake the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges programme (ASK) and attend awareness assemblies and mock assessment workshops.

If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship or a job, you could try a traineeship with a local employer. Visit the Traineeships page on

The Department of Education, working with Amazing Apprenticeships, have put together an Activity Pack with fun activities to help you discover the benefits of taking up an Apprenticeship that can be found here.

Unifrog has a wealth of information on Apprenticeships and have produced a useful introduction guide here along with this video weighing up the pros and cons.

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Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships can provide valuable hands-on experience, a degree qualification and a head start in the industry of your choice with no student debt as university fees are often covered by the employer. Start your research on the Unifrog Apprenticeship tool and a useful tutorial video here.

“Unifrog has assisted me in the search for a degree apprenticeship, making it very easy to search for apprenticeships based on difficulty and location. Unifrog is excellent for students, and very easy and enjoyable to navigate through for everyone, no matter who you are or where your based.” Tayyab K Year 13

Case Studies - useful tips on how to spot Apprenticeship opportunities.

Hear from a PwC Apprentice and her journey through the process here 

Read about the journey from Sixth Form to EY from a first year student undertaking a chartered manager degree apprentice at EY here

UBS Apprenticeship journey - technical apprenticeship

UCAS Apprenticeships

UCAS is empowering young people to discover the next step on their learning journey by providing accessible, insightful and inspirational information, advice and guidance across all higher education pathways, including apprenticeships: Apprenticeships (

Support for young people:

Young people can also set up Smart Alerts, an email service that can match them with live apprenticeship vacancies. With over 300,000 apprenticeships starting every year, breaking down the noise with tailored opportunities could be the key to discovering their future role: Smart Alerts for Apprenticeships | UCAS

Apprenticeships Resources

We have put together a list of useful Apprenticeship and Job search websites to help you find an apprenticeship.


Year 11 Talking Apprenticeships with Cube Video