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Higher Level Apprenticeships

Higher Level Apprenticeships offer a new and exciting employed-pathway for learners to gain professionally recognised qualifications at level 4 and level 5 whilst actively working in paid employment with partner employers. Belfast Met proactively work with national, regional and local employers to develop partnerships to provide the level of mentoring and support to offer learners the opportunity to undertake a Higher Level Apprenticeship. 

The entry requirements for the Higher Level Apprenticeships target both those with A Level qualifications who wish to explore a different learning journey and provides a valuable upskilling opportunity for current employees seeking to develop new skills. Each programme has varied entry requirements as detailed in the prospectus. Please contact apprenticeships[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk for individual course enquiries.

Higher Level Apprenticeships Key Questions


What Higher Level Apprenticeships are available? 

Currently Higher Level Apprenticeships are available in a range of occupational areas including Accountancy, Civil Engineering,Cyber Security & Networking Infrastructure and Cloud & Application Development. The development of Higher Level Apprenticeships is a continuous collaboration with DfE and Belfast Met to provide learning solutions derived from employers’ needs for upskilling in key areas of development synergised with local businesses growth strategies.


What qualifications do Higher Level Apprenticeships offer?

Higher Level Apprenticeships we currently offer include qualifications from Level 4 up to Level 5. It is anticipated that Higher Level Apprenticeships will be available in the future at Level 7 and 8 (Post Graduate Awards).


Who is eligible to apply?
Opportunities are available for new employees or an existing employee in a new job role to gain qualifications from Level 4 upwards. Entry requirements will depend on the apprenticeship pathway.

An apprentice needs to: Be employed or be about to be employed as an apprentice with a Northern Ireland based company, be working a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes time for 'off-the-job' training), meet the entry requirements of their chosen occupation and be the minimum school leaver age in Northern Ireland.


How long does it take to complete a Higher Level Apprenticeship?
The duration of a Higher Level Apprenticeship will vary depending on the programme. It will take a minimum of 2 years to complete.



Contact Centre for Skills & Apprenticeships, tel: 028 9026 5219 or email: apprenticeships[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk