Anyone over the age of 16 and living in England can apply for and complete an apprenticeship. All vacancy adverts usually state what the specific entry requirements are for that role. There will be different entry requirements depending on the job role, industry and apprenticeship level.

The table below shows the common entry requirements for the different apprenticeship levels:

Level Entry Requirements
Intermediate – Level 2 You must be over 16 years old and be able to show that you have the ability to complete the program.
Advanced – Level 3 Some vacancies will ask for three or more GCSEs but not all employers will require formal qualifications.

Industry experience can help with your application.

Higher – Level 4 and above Entry Requirements can include at least five GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4, and Level 3 qualifications. These could include A Levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 4 or a BTEC National.

Some employers may require you to have subjects related to the program you’re applying for.

Degree – Levels 5 to 7 Entry Requirements can include at least five GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4, and Level 3 qualifications. These could include A Levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 4 or a BTEC National.

Some employers may have more specific requirements, such as 3 A Levels at grades ABB.

Many employers will expect you to have subjects related to the program you’re applying for.

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