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Work based learning – Apprenticeships

Work based learning is a great route for people who typically  prefer to learn whilst they earn, already work in healthcare and want to enhance their qualifications, or prefer a more flexible pathway into careers. This covers roles including health care assistants, reception staff, practice management, pharmacy and even nursing!


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great opportunity which enables you to get started with a job role that you’re interested in and earn money whilst you learn. The chance to do work based learning enables you to develop not only educationally but professionally and acquire new skills which can help you progress in your career. You are able to learn at your own pace with the support and mentoring needed to help you achieve your potential.

If you want to find out more about what an apprenticeship is like, see the apprenticeship profiles below.

 

How long does the study take?

A level 2 apprenticeship usually takes a year to complete whilst level 3 and onwards could take anywhere from 1 to 4 years to fully finish depending on the level/subject of the apprenticeship. The length of an apprenticeship usually depends on the the industry and the prior skills or qualifications that you have.

 

What apprenticeships can be undertaken in general practice?

There are over 300 apprentiships to choose from and so it is important that the one you choose fits the job role so that you are able to sign off all of your learning outcomes successfully. The most common apprenticeships that are available in general practice are Clinical Healthcare Support, Pharmacy, and Business Administration – your local apprenticeship advisor will be able to work through your learning options with you.

 

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements usually vary depending on the level and type of apprenticeship, however most intermediate level 2 apprenticeships will require a number of pass grades at GCSE which will ideally include maths and English.