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English and maths requirements for higher and degree apprentices

Before starting their Teesside University apprenticeship, learners must hold Level 2 qualifications in English and maths. This maximises their chance of success.

Applicants MUST have Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C, or equivalent) before starting their Teesside apprenticeship programme. Employers must ensure applicants can provide evidence of these qualifications as part of the recruitment process.

Why does Teesside University ask for evidence of Level 2 qualifications in English and maths at the application stage?

The government requires that all higher and degree apprentices demonstrate evidence of English and maths qualifications at Level 2 or above. Without this evidence, learners will be unable to pass through Gateway and complete their apprenticeship. We have found that achieving these qualifications before starting their apprenticeship gives learners the best experience and chance of success.

Which qualifications are accepted?

A list of qualifications accepted as meeting the minimum English and maths requirements is available from the government website.

Please note that where the apprentice has a qualification at Level 4 or above, this will only meet the requirements if the qualification is predominantly in English language, English literature and/or maths.

What counts as acceptable evidence?

Typically an exam certificate or certified statement of results from the awarding organisation. A list of acceptable evidence is available from the government website.

The government's replacement exam certificate service will help those who may have mislaid their exam certificate or certified statement of results.

How can potential apprentices gain Level 2 qualifications in English and maths?

Where potential apprentices do not already have an equivalent qualification, the typical choice is a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and/or maths which must be completed before the learner can start an apprenticeship.

The National Careers Service has a course finder that can be used to find Functional Skills programmes.

How do learners continue to further develop English and maths as part of their apprenticeship?

Teesside University apprenticeships emphasise personal and professional growth for individuals. A range of resources is available at the University's Learning Hub to support learners in developing their English and maths skills.

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