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Tarporley High School
& Sixth Form College

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Apprenticeships & Careers Opportunities

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.

Levels of an apprenticeship

Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may:

  • require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE
  • give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level

At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.
Apprenticeship levels are set and equivalent to as follows:

2 (Intermediate): GCSEs
3 (Advanced): A-levels
4 (Higher): foundation degree
5 (Higher): foundation degree/first year of bachelor’s degree
6 (Degree): bachelor’s degree
7 (Degree): master’s degree

For further guidance on Apprenticeships, please see the following resources:

Apprenticeships Presentation PDF Apprenticeship Pack for 16-19 Year Olds PDFApprenticeship A-Z PDFParent Pack December 2021 PDF