Qualification Levels


Level Description Academic
1 Ideal if you’re just starting out or are new to the subject area.

This level covers routine tasks and basic knowledge.

GCSE grades D – G
2 You need to have some knowledge or experience of the area.
GCSE grades A* – C
3 Covers more complex work and will help you develop your supervisory skills.
4 Most likely you’ll have management experience by this point.
Undergraduate, Foundation Degree
5 Most likely you’ll have management experience by this point.
Undergraduate, Foundation Degree


Intermediate Apprenticeships are the first level of Apprenticeships and these are equivalent to level 2. It’s the most popular level with around 301,000 people starting an Intermediate Apprenticeship in 2010/2011.

Intermediate Apprenticeships are suited to employers who have either a very basic IT role, and/or the Apprentice has an interest in a career in IT but does not have prior IT qualifications and experience, or the qualifications to enrol on one of our advanced level Apprenticeships. According to a report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, people with an intermediate level Apprenticeship earn on average between Β£48,000 and Β£74,000 over the course of their career, than those without.


Advanced apprenticeships are a step above intermediate apprenticeships and these are equivalent to level 3. In 2010/11, around 154,000 people started an Advanced Apprenticeship. It’s a chance to access great training, develop skills and gain qualifications whilst working for an employer – most of the apprenticeships that NowSkills offers are at the advanced level. Advanced apprenticeships are aimed at people with some experience in IT, but have no formal qualifications at level 3 or higher, or no work experience. Research shows that people with an advanced level apprenticeship earn on average between Β£77,000 and Β£117,000 over the course of their career than those without.


Higher apprenticeships work in the same way as intermediate and advanced level apprenticeships, but they are equivalent to a foundation degree. Because of the high level they are at, higher apprenticeships are for people with a lot of experience in their field, but no formal qualifications. According to the same research, those who have a higher apprenticeship earn, over their career, Β Β£150,000+ more than those without – comparable to university graduates.