Intermediate Apprenticeships Advice
Intermediate Apprenticeships are the most popular level of apprenticeship: in 2014-15, the highest number of apprenticeship starts was for Intermediate apprenticeships with 298,300 starts, followed by 181,800 Advanced Apprenticeships and 19,800 Higher Apprenticeships.
Intermediate Apprenticeships include a range of qualifications at Level 2, from competence and Functional Skills to NVQ, which are equivalent to five GCSEs grades A*-C.
Employers might ask for two or more GCSE grades (A*-C) or equivalent, but for some Intermediate Apprenticeships apprentices might not need any formal qualifications. However, if you don’t have GCSEs in English and maths and you want to do an Intermediate Apprenticeship you’ll usually be required to take a basic numeracy and literacy test. As part of Intermediate Apprenticeships, apprentices then either take a GSCE qualification in English or a Functional or Key Skills qualification at either Level 1 or Level 2.
Even though they can be accessed by those with few or no GCSEs, Intermediate Apprenticeships are available in an impressively wide range of industries and job roles: mechanical engineering, digital marketing, business administration, project management and surveying, to name just a few.
Once you’ve completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible to move on to an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Read all the articles in this section to learn more about Intermediate Apprenticeships and what they could do for your career.