What are apprenticeships?

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  • What are higher and degree apprenticeships?

    Degree and higher apprentices study whilst they work. Apprentices are employed and receive a wage. Apprentices typically attend University part-time - one day a week, for blocks of time or study online.

    An apprentice’s professional competence is assessed at work. Degree Apprenticeships can include qualifications such as undergraduate, postgraduate, professional qualifications or a professional assessment/license to practice. Apprenticeships include training and study which incorporates a recognised qualification such as a bachelor’s degree, foundation degree or masters programme.

    For the final stage, the apprentice will be entered for an End Point Assessment. A successful end Point Assessment means the apprenticeship will be complete

  • How Apprenticeships compare to other qualifications

    Level 7
    Level 6
    Level 5
    Level 4
    Level 3
    Level 2


    5 GCSEs A*-C
    Full level 2 Vocational Qualification Pre-Access
    A levels
    Full level 3 Vocational Qualification e.g. BTEC ED Access to HE Dip
    Yr 1 Full time degree (Hons)
    Yr 2 Full time degree (Hons)
    HND Foundation Degree
    Degree (Hons) Postgraduate programmes, e.g. Masters


    Intermediate Advanced Higher Degree
    (and some Higher with professional qualifiactions)

    Most higher apprenticeships are offered at level 4 and 5. All of the higher apprenticeships offered by Oxford Brookes incorporate a foundation degree.

    Degree apprenticeships are at level 6 and 7. Some degree apprenticeships include a degree or postgraduate qualification. Some include professional assessments of competence or a license to practice, such as Qualified Teacher Status for the Teacher Apprenticeship.

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