Higher Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

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27, 160 young people in the UK started a higher apprenticeship last year. More and more school and college leavers are choosing to do higher apprenticeships after full-time education.

Curious to know why?

Read on for a champion’s guide to higher apprenticeships; how they work, the qualifications on offer, and why they’re causing such excitement among school school leaver’s in the UK.

Furthermore, we will reveal the entry requirements for higher apprenticeships, so that you can apply for a higher apprenticeship today.



What is a Higher Apprenticeship?

Higher apprenticeships are also known as level 4/5 apprenticeships. They are schemes which have been designed for 18-24 year olds.

A higher level apprenticeship is a combination of professional employment and academic study. An apprentice will work on a full-time basis for an employer in a particular industry, and study towards nationally certified qualifications on the side.

Higher apprentices are paid a salary for the duration of the scheme, and are treated like a regular employee of a company.

If you do a higher apprenticeship, you will acquire the skills, the qualifications and the work experience you need to kick-start a career.


For a more in-depth guide to higher level apprenticeships, read our Complete Guide to Higher Apprenticeships.


How do Higher Apprenticeships Work?

Higher apprentices split their time between working in industry, and working towards qualifications at a local college or training centre.

An apprentice will spend the majority of their time in the workplace. At work, a higher apprentice will receive on-the-job training, and develop the technical skills and the knowledge that is required to work in a professional environment.

Apprenticeships are an opportunity to work alongside professionals with vast experience in a particular field. These highly experienced professionals train the apprentice, and impart the skills that are necessary for the apprentice to do their job.

When a higher apprentice is not at work, they will attend a college/training centre to study towards professional qualifications. If you are working for large, international company, they are likely to have in-house training facilities. A smaller company will be more inclined to send an apprentice to an external college/training centre, if they do not have the facilities on-site.

The arrangement of work and study periods will vary from scheme to scheme. It will depend on the company that employs the apprentice.

There are some schemes in which the apprentice will work with their employer for four days in a week, and spend one day at college. Other apprentices will spend consecutive weeks at work, with extended intervals to study and attend college.

The apprentice will be paid for work and study periods, and will not have to pay for their own tuition.


“I definitely think that choosing to become a Higher Apprentice was the best decision I ever made. Even though all of my friends were leaving to go to university, I decided that I was better suited to the Higher Apprenticeship programme, as I was able to progress in a career and gain experience whilst earning money.”

Christie Delaney, PwC Consulting Apprentice


Higher Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

Higher apprenticeship entry requirements will depend on the employer or company that organises the scheme. However, all applicants have to be aged 18 or above.

Employers typically set the minimum entry requirements of…

The A levels/advanced apprenticeship will have to be in a subject or industry which is closely linked to the higher apprenticeship you are applying for. If your A level subjects or apprenticeship are not related to the higher apprenticeship, an employer might take any previous work experience (which is relevant) into consideration.


What Qualifications Will I Receive?

Higher apprentices work towards…

  • a Level 4 Competence Qualification
  • and a knowledge based certificate – either a Higher National Diploma (HND), a foundation degree or an undergraduate degree.

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