NHS Apprenticeships

NHS Apprenticeships

Earn, learn and make a difference with an NHS apprenticeship. Our apprenticeships offer routes into many of the more than 350 NHS careers through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning. 


What you need to know about NHS apprenticeships

  • – if you are aged 16 to 18 or 19+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, the minimum you should receive is £4.81 an hour (the National Minimum Wage for apprentices)
  • – many NHS employers will pay you more than the minimum wage
  • – they take between one and five years to complete 
  • – anyone over the age of 16 can do one
  • – you’re likely to spend four days on work placement and one day or at a training centre or college
  • – you’ll develop your skills, including English and maths
  • – you’ll gain a competence qualification (based on what you can do in the workplace) and a knowledge qualification, or a qualification combining both


Apprenticeship levels

NHS apprenticeships are available at several levels:

  • – level 2 – equivalent to GCSEs 
  • – level 3 – equivalent to A-levels 
  • – levels 4 and 5 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above
  • – levels 6 and 7 – equivalent to a full bachelor’s or Master’s degree


Entry requirements

Entry requirements will depend on the employer and the type and level of apprenticeship.


For example, you may need four or five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A-C or equivalent to do a level 3 apprenticeship. To start a level 5 or 6 apprenticeship you’re likely to need A-levels, equivalent level 3 qualifications or relevant and sufficient experience.

Information and Video sourced from Healthcares NHS Website

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