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Apprenticeship Structure & Delivery



To determine which subject and course level is the most appropriate for your apprentice, prior to enrolment they will complete initial assessments in English, Maths and ICT; along with a skills scan detailing their current job role and responsibilities in the workplace.

Once enrolled onto the programme, your apprentice’s personal tutor will deliver one-to-one, bespoke teaching and training sessions in their workplace on a regular basis for the duration of the course. The tutor will work with you to support your apprentice to gain the knowledge and competencies they need to jumpstart a successful career at their place of work.

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2): equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3): equivalent to 2 A Level passes

  • Higher Level Apprenticeship (Levels 4 & 5): can lead to foundation degrees and other Higher Level qualifications

An apprenticeship is a framework of qualifications designed by a Sector Skills Council*, an independent organisation that works closely with employers to develop high-quality training programmes that provide apprentices with cross-industry transferable skills.

The main component of the framework, the QCF, can be tailored to fit your business needs by selecting the optional units most relevant to your apprentice’s job role.


A QCF (commonly known as an NVQ) will form the main aim of your apprenticeship. This is a competence-based qualification, where you demonstrate the abilities and skills required for your day-to-day workplace duties. Your tutor will assist you to select units that are most relevant to your job role, allowing the qualification to be tailored to your specific training needs.


A BTEC assesses your knowledge and understanding of the principles of your job role and the industry in which you operate. The majority of our courses combine this element with the QCF, however in some apprenticeships this is completed as a standalone qualification.

Functional Skills+

Functional Skills are standalone qualifications that enhance your existing skills in English, Maths and ICT. You’ll prepare with your tutor ahead of sitting exams in each subject, but your previous qualifications may mean you don’t have to complete this part of the apprenticeship.

Employee Rights & Responsibilities+

The Employee Rights & Responsibilities unit teaches you about your rights and responsibilities under UK employment and Health & Safety legislation. This is usually completed in the form of a workbook.

Personal Learning & Thinking Skills+

Throughout your apprenticeship, you will be required to demonstrate a range of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills that are essential to life, learning and work. These generic skills have a significant impact on a person’s ability to make a confident contribution, both within and outside of their working environment.

The tutor helps your apprentice to gather evidence of their knowledge and competencies throughout the course, which is stored and marked on their online portfolio. The tutor will check all evidence produced to ensure it doesn’t breach company, client or employee confidentiality agreements.

  • Professional Discussions: Pre-planned and structured reviews of practice conducted between your apprentice and their tutor
  • Observations: Descriptions of what the tutor witnesses as they observe your apprentice carrying out their day-to-day workplace duties
  • Work Products: Anything that your apprentice produces as part of their job role, such as reports or meeting minutes
  • Knowledge Checks: Questions set by the tutor for your apprentice to answer verbally or in writing, sometimes in the form of a worksheet
  • Reflective Accounts: Written statements detailing how your apprentice has dealt with different situations at work
  • Witness Testimonies: Statements from people other than the tutor, such as yourself, describing your apprentice’s competencies

* Sector Skills Councils are employer-led organisations that cover specific industries in the UK. Their key goals are to support employers in developing and managing apprenticeship standards; reduce skills gaps and shortages; and improve productivity.