Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 Apprenticeships)

Higher Apprenticeships or Level 4 Qualification

Higher Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to study towards gaining a Level 4 qualification or higher such as an NVQ or HND. Once you have completed your Higher Apprenticeship you may have the opportunity to study for a Level 7 qualification. Study or training via the apprenticeship route in a Higher apprenticeship can take anywhere between twelve months and five years.

Whist study during your higher apprenticeship you will be require to learn on the job with your employer with part-time study at either a college or university or alternatively a registered training provider. Study by the government reported that at least 90% of apprentices continued in full-time employment after their apprenticeship with an estimated 71% continuing employment with the current employer.

To be able to study for a higher apprenticeship the qualifying criteria is a minimum of five GCSE’s with grades of A-C or 9-4 on the new grading system. These grades must include Maths and English to be able to start your higher apprenticeship along with a level three apprenticeship qualification which is the equivalent to A-Levels or a BTEC. However the majority of employers may require you to have studied subjects relevant to the higher apprenticeship you want to undertake. This is due to the importance of being able to adapt quickly to the required field you will be training in as the availability for higher apprenticeships is in demand and there is only limited availability, some employers may also offer these higher apprenticeships to existing employers to help with their career progression.

In our opinion for you to be in the best possible position to be accepted for a Higher Apprenticeship we recommend taking an Advanced Apprenticeship first in the required subject giving you a head start.

A higher Apprenticeship is a great way to gain recognised qualifications in England starting at Level 4 which is the equivalent to a HNC all the way up to Level 7 where you could get a chartered certificate if sponsored by your employer. Once you have completed your apprenticeship and gained your qualification you may decide you want to continue in your further education and either start a Degree Apprenticeship through your employer or alternatively study in your own time at a university gaining a BSc or MSc degree.

One of the great benefits of studying a Higher Apprenticeship is the pay, it’s more then likely you will have already either studied an advanced apprenticeship or have previous work experience and have the correct academic qualifications to be able to start the higher apprenticeship. Most employers tend to pay a higher wage inline with the National Minimum Wage or higher, maybe inline with current employees to be able to attract the candidates for their roles. On top of this you will also receive the benefits of full-time employees such as holiday pay and health benefits to name a few.

On average for Higher or Degree Apprenticeships employers tend to pay in excess of £16,000 for your first year with regular pay reviews, but once qualified you would be entitled to receive the same pay as current employees. Before starting an apprenticeship we recommend doing some research on what the average pay is for jobs in the sector you are looking to train in, to make sure it reaches your future expectations.

You can find our more about what you can earn as an apprentice or check out all the latest Higher Apprenticeship Jobs on offer on our website.


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