Higher Level Apprenticeships

Fancy earning and learning all the way to a degree? Higher Level Apprenticeships offer an alternative route to a professional career, without university. You can gain high level skills and entry to jobs that were historically only accessible to graduates - and all while working and earning a salary. 

The Facts

If you are over 16, live in England and are not in full-time education you can apply for an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels.

All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage and many employers pay significantly more. Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week. Entry requirements depend on the sector and prior skills. If you have achieved A-levels you may still be expected to start at intermediate or advanced level as some sectors, such as engineering, require you to build up your occupational skills.

Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles covering more than 170 industries. There are currently 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available (with more in development) including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering, giving you the chance to continue your professional development and realise your full potential.

  • Over 20,000 people have started a higher apprenticeship since August 2013 and numbers are growing rapidly.
  • The Government has announced additional budget to fund the higher education qualifications that make up a higher apprenticeship. This means no student loans and so no debt.
  • Those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earning of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime*
  • Employers think that qualified higher apprentices are 25% more employable than those that took another route into work*
  • On completion 90% of apprentices stay in employment with 71% staying with the same employer. A quarter receive a promotion within 12 months.
* ICM Research

 

The Benefits

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Levels Explained

Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4-7. They combine work with study and may include a workbased, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Typically, higher apprentices study part time at Kendal College between one and five years.

Levels 4 & 5                  Higher Education Certificate/Diploma or a Foundation Degree
Level 6 Bachelor’s degree

Level 7

Master’s degree

 

Earn While You learn

All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage and many employers pay significantly more. Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week with their employer. 

Employment Opportunities

Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles covering more than 170 industries. There are currently 75 higher and degree apprenticeships available (with more in development) including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering, giving you the chance to continue your professional development and realise your full potential.

Costs 

The cost for taking up a higher or degree apprenticeship will vary depending on your eligibility for funding, the qualifications within the apprenticeship framework, the amount the employer is willing to pay and your age. In many cases, though, your apprenticeship will be funded jointly by your employer and government. For advice contact our Apprenticeships Team

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements depend on the sector and prior skills. If you have achieved A-levels you may still be expected to start at intermediate or advanced level as some sectors, such as engineering, require you to build up your occupational skills.

Click here to view Higher Level Apprenticeships available at Kendal College