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 complete distance learning.

    An apprentice’s professional competence is assessed at work. Apprenticeships can include qualifications such as undergraduate, postgraduate, professional qualifications or a professional assessment/license to practice. Apprenticeships include a period of training and study which can include the completion of a qualification such as degree, foundation degree or masters programme. At the end of this period, the apprentice will be entered for an End Point Assessment. Once the End Point Assessment has been successfully achieved 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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