What are the entry requirements for a physics apprenticeship?
It depends on the level of apprenticeship you’re applying for. Apprenticeships are divided into different levels, as detailed below:
- Intermediate (Level 2) equates to five GCSE/National 5 passes.
- Advanced (Level 3) equates to two A-level/Scottish Highers passes.
- Higher (Level 4 and 5) equates to a foundation degree or the first year of a university degree.
- Degree (Level 6 and 7) equates to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
The requirements for Level 6 and 7 apprenticeships differ to the requirements for a Level 2 apprenticeship.
Level 2 apprenticeships are entry level, so you typically won’t need any qualifications, just a demonstrable interest in physics. However, Level 7 apprenticeships (equivalent to a master’s) typically require qualifications, such as a degree or a degree apprenticeship.
Do entry requirements differ between companies?
Yes! Some companies seeking apprentices place more stringent requirements on their applicants. For example, if you’re applying for a Level 6 apprenticeship (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), the company might require you to have achieved a certain number of UCAS points. This is particularly common among large companies, especially household names. Given their popularity and their high salaries, they typically get lots of applicants for apprenticeship. Using additional requirements is a way for them to sift through applications.
I don’t have any qualifications, can I still secure an apprenticeship?
It’s definitely possible! Despite the fact that the most popular companies have greater requirements, most if not all of them offer exceptions based on mitigating circumstances. If something happened to you that was out of your control and affected your ability to attend school or pass exams, it’s a good idea to include it in your application.
If you don’t have mitigating circumstances, there are still ways you can boost your application. Make sure you can demonstrate your passion for physics and your interest in pursuing the subject further. You could conduct a physics experiment at home, or read a book about an area of physics you’re interested in. It’s also important to show your interest in the company you’re applying to. Avoid copying and pasting applications, make sure you talk about what attracted you to the company, and what makes them appealing to you personally.