The West Bridgford School


Please contact Rebecca Darby in the Post 16 office, or on Extn 252 for further information on Apprenticeships. 

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships offer the participant paid employment and on the job training while also studying in the classroom to gain the relevant qualifications needed for that career.

Depending on the level of the apprenticeship, and the job role being trained for, most apprentices will have at least one day a week in a training center/college/university and 4 days working in the role.

Qualifications can include:

  • Functional skills - GCSE level qualifications in English, maths and IT.
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) - from level 2 (comparable to five GCSEs) up to level 5 (similar to a postgraduate degree).
  • Technical certificates - such as BTEC, City and Guild Progression Award etc.
  • Academic qualifications - including a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) foundation degree or the equivalent of a full Bachelors degree.

Apprenticeship levels

There are four different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to five good GCSE passes.
  • Advanced - equivalent to two A-level passes.
  • Higher - equivalent to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree.
  • Degree - comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree.
(information from: 6/1/2020)

For more information on what apprenticeships are please click on the documents saved below and the website links below:

Prospectus website:

Which Guide website:

Government Website:

The apprenticeship Guide Website:



This is a PDF version of a fantastic (and frequently updated) Powerpoint presentation that gives students and parents information and resources to support their apprenticeship application.