Lots of young people don’t realise that having to stay in some form or education or training until they are 18 years old does not mean that you have to stay at school and study full time for either a vocational qualification or A Levels. Find out about apprenticeship options after GCSEs.
In England, once you have completed your GCSEs and so long as you will be 16 years old by the end of the summer holiday, you are free to leave school and undertake an apprenticeship if that is what you want to do.
Intermediate apprenticeships are the first level of apprenticeships available and also the most popular. They’re designed to give you access to entry level job roles and provide you with the basic skills you’ll need to work in your chosen field.
In order to enrol onto an intermediate apprenticeship, you’ll usually need two or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, or an equivalent qualification. If you don’t have GCSEs in maths or English though, don’t panic! You’ll usually be required to take a basic numeracy and literacy test to assess your basic skills. As part of the apprenticeship, you’ll either take a GCSE in English, or a Functional Skills qualification at Level 1 or 2 too.
Advanced apprenticeships can be taken after your GCSEs or after completing an intermediate apprenticeship and they offer an alternative to studying A-levels. If you’re looking to study whilst completing work training, and want to go into a career in which field experience is important, an advanced apprenticeship may be worth considering.
An advanced apprenticeship is a great opportunity. You’ll gain some vital training, develop skills and could gain nationally recognised qualifications, all whilst earning money – result! They usually last between 1-4 years, depending on your employer and the chosen area.
Usually, if you want to complete an advanced apprenticeship, you’ll either need to have completed an Intermediate apprenticeship or have a certain number of GCSEs – however, this isn’t always the case. Typically though, most large employers will be looking for 5 GCSEs, all between A*-C grades.