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Apprenticeships Overview:

An apprenticeship can be selected as a Post-16 option, as well as a Post-18 option. Highworth offers education and information about the various different apprenticeship levels, and the process of applying for opportunities, through assemblies and Focus Day sessions, across all year groups. 

Apprenticeships are a good option for those who enjoy a practical way of learning, and have a clear idea of the career they want. They involve a mix of working (80% of the time), and studying (20% of the time). Apprenticeship qualifications are equivalent to other forms of education, please see the table below for more information. 

Apprenticeship Level Equivalent of 
2 5 x GCSEs
3 2 x A Levels
4 Foundation Degree/Certificate/Diploma
5 Foundation Degree/Certificate/Diploma
Bachelors degree
Master's degree

Degree Level Apprenticeships:

Degree Level Apprenticeships  offer students the chance to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship (paid for by the employer themselves), alongside a salary paid directly to the apprentice. 

What type of Degree Apprenticeships are available?

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Software Development
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bespoke Tailoring
  • Bank Relationship Manager
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • Chartered Manager
  • Chartered Surveying
  • Construction
  • Dental Technician
  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Digital and Technology Solutions
  • Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Laboratory Science
  • Licensed Conveyancer
  • Nuclear Science
  • Operations Manager
  • Outside Broadcasting Engineering
  • Power Systems
  • Product Design and Development
  • Solicitor
  • Technical Support Engineering

What you need to know:

  • It can sometimes be harder and/or take longer to find an apprenticeship, than applying to Sixth Form/College/University. 
  • The process of finding, and applying for, apprenticeships is the responsibility of the student.
  • There is no central webiste for apprenticeship vacancies. Opportunities are advertised across a range of vacancy sites. Company websites are particularly useful for degree apprenticeships. 
  • There is no fixed timeframe for when vacancies are listed. Students must  perform their own searches throughout the year.
  • Apprenticeships are job centered, so students must be confident that the job is the right for them. 
  • Students may need to apply for a number of opportunities in order to be successful. 

To ascertain whether an apprenticeship is right for you, look into the following:

  1. What the job entails? - The Job Description.
  2. What type of person would this job suit? - The Person Specification.
  3. Is the training provider accredited?  Who are you doing your training with? What qualification will you gain at the end of your apprenticeship?- The apprenticeship advertisement
  4. How long will the apprenticeship last? - The apprenticeship advertisement
  5. What are your working hours, what benefits are you entitled to, how much will you be paid?- The apprenticeship advertisement
  6. Where is the job located? Is this commutable? - The apprenticeship advertisement

Where possible, vacancies will be communicated to students. 

Students can access personal advice and guidance, if they are considering apprenticeships as a Post-16 or Post-18 pathway, by booking appointments with our internal Careers Lead, Miss Hodges, or with our external Careers Adviser from EBP, Mrs Cameron. 

Some links to quick read articles for parents can be found below