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Higher Apprenticeships



If you have achieved 5 good GCSES (grades A*-C) and good post 16 results at Level 3 (A levels, BTECs, Advanced Apprenticeship, etc.) you might be interested in looking into doing a Higher Apprenticeship.

A Higher Apprenticeship is similar to other Apprenticeships; it gives you the chance to build up practical work experience while progressing academically up to a higher education level, all whilst being paid a decent salary.

All Higher Apprenticeships offer existing apprentices, employees and school/college leavers a different route to traditional university study.

To get onto a Higher Apprenticeship you will need to have entry qualifications at Level 3 - such as A Levels, BTEC or OCR Cambridge National, NVQ Level 3 or an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Last year, over 5,200 people were studying for a Higher Apprenticeship in one of 40+ subject areas.

What's involved in a Higher Apprenticeship?

Higher Apprenticeships involve a combination of learning on-the-job, working alongside experienced colleagues, with off-the-job training at a college, training provider or university.

As a higher apprentice you might find your off-the-job training to be:

  • day-release, for example, one day a week at college or university.
  • block-release, for example a ‘block’ of several weeks (or even your first year) full-time at a college, training centre or university. For example, higher apprentices on Rolls-Royce's Higher Apprenticeship spend the first year at a specialist engineering training centre.


The salary of a higher apprentice does vary, but you could expect to start on a salary of around £10,000 per year, increasing every year and even rising up to £25,000 on completion.


  • A Higher Apprenticeship can lead to further academic qualifications such as an Honours Degree.
  • You might also be able to work towards professional qualifications specific to your industry - for example, engineers can take the first steps towards gaining chartered status.
  • The majority of apprentices continue working for the company they trained with and work towards promotion at a higher level.
  • Higher level qualifications can also help you to move to another company if you need to.

Search for vacancies

To search for Higher Apprenticeship vacancies, go to the National Apprenticeship Services vacancy matching service. Search by 'apprenticeship type' and select Higher Apprenticeship. Don't forget to select a location or use your postcode to get vacancies in a particular area.

You might also want to look at the 'Finding an Apprenticeship' section for more helpful advise on how you can search for opportunities.

Which sectors offer Higher Apprenticeships?

Higher Apprenticeships are currently available in 40+ job areas, which include the examples below:

* still in development

To find out more

To search for Higher Apprenticeship vacancies go to the National Apprenticeship Services Vacancy Matching Service and search by apprenticeship type then select 'Higher Apprenticeship'.

You can also find out more about how you can earn while you learn on a Higher Apprenticeship by watching this short film. 

Higher Apprenticeships Video