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Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship

If you have achieved 5 good GCSES (grades 9-4), have good post-16 results or a current Intermediate Apprenticeship you might be interested in an Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.

A level/BTEC Level 3 students thinking about apprenticeships

If you are doing A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications, like BTECs/OCRs, you might be considering an apprenticeship or higher education (university) when you finish. 

An apprenticeship can be a good route if you want to get training for a specific job sector and be earning at the same time. There are all sorts of opportunities for fantastic apprenticeships developing all the time.

However, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Apprenticeship vacancies for the summer after you finish your A Levels/other Level 3 qualifications are advertised throughout the year and the closing dates can vary. Therefore, if you are undecided about whether to choose an apprenticeship or higher-education path it is probably best to apply for higher education as well as look for apprenticeship vacancies. If you get an apprenticeship you can always decline your university offer.
  • There are 70+ different job areas now offering Higher Apprenticeships, which are higher-education-level qualifications (Level 4+). Employers are asking for A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications as entry requirements. Search for vacancies online using the Careerpilot course search or register for alerts about vacancies on You can also look at company websites or make speculative applications.
  • If you do not have the relevant job-specific experience you might have to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship, even though these are the same level qualifications (Level 3) as A Levels - although you might be able to complete it quicker than a 16-year-old.
  • Not all sectors offer Higher Apprenticeship qualifications so make sure you check if they are available in your chosen sector. Look here to find out what apprenticeships are approved but remember, you still need to find a vacancy.
  • For some jobs there is no apprenticeship pathway and a university degree is the only way in e.g. vet, doctor, etc. 
  • Higher and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities are likely to be highly competitive!

Apprenticeship search tool on Careerpilot

Use the Careerpilot Apprenticeship Search Tool to find current apprenticeship vacancies. This will give you an idea of the availability in your area and if you choose to apply you simply click to get to the vacancy page. They can also be saved in your Career Tools so you can view at a later date.

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