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Apprenticeships

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.