is there a lot of written work in an apprenticeship?

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Ideally I just want to get a full time job, I don’t want to study anymore. How many modules are there in the training part of an apprenticeship?
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I’ve done levels 2, 3, 4, and 6.

There’s three components to the training:
1. Academic study (college or university course)
2. Competence portfolio (was NVQ, now EPA)
3. 20% off-the-job learning

Academic study
I managed to complete the work during allocated day-release during levels 2-3. So I didn’t need to do any of this in my own time. I didn’t have any exams either.

Levels 4-6 required significant study hours after work and during weekends, especially nearer exam time. It wasn’t uncommon for me to work/study 12 hour days for ~2 to 3 months a year.

Competence portfolio
I did an NVQ level 2, 3, and 4, until it changed to EPA for my level 6.
The NVQ portfolios were burdensome in evidencing how I met the apprenticeship standard module requirements. The EPA is much more efficient, where the level 6 EPA was half the work the level 4 NVQ was.
It took me about 50 hours of my own time to finish preparing for my EPA, but I actively documented what I’d done in a log book.

20% off-the-job learning
Typically during your working hours, but you might be required to travel or do external training out of hours depending on role.
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(Original post by Chris2892)
I’ve done levels 2, 3, 4, and 6.

There’s three components to the training:
1. Academic study (college or university course)
2. Competence portfolio (was NVQ, now EPA)
3. 20% off-the-job learning

Academic study
I managed to complete the work during allocated day-release during levels 2-3. So I didn’t need to do any of this in my own time. I didn’t have any exams either.

Levels 4-6 required significant study hours after work and during weekends, especially nearer exam time. It wasn’t uncommon for me to work/study 12 hour days for ~2 to 3 months a year.

Competence portfolio
I did an NVQ level 2, 3, and 4, until it changed to EPA for my level 6.
The NVQ portfolios were burdensome in evidencing how I met the apprenticeship standard module requirements. The EPA is much more efficient, where the level 6 EPA was half the work the level 4 NVQ was.
It took me about 50 hours of my own time to finish preparing for my EPA, but I actively documented what I’d done in a log book.

20% off-the-job learning
Typically during your working hours, but you might be required to travel or do external training out of hours depending on role.
you said you’ve done levels 2,3,4 and 6, what about 5? you can’t progress from 4 to 6 without doing level 5.
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you said you’ve done levels 2,3,4 and 6, what about 5? you can’t progress from 4 to 6 without doing level 5.
There’s level 5 modules in the level 4 apprenticeship.
At level 4 you typically either spend 3 years studying a foundation degree (level 4 and 5 modules),
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a HNC (level 4) and HND (level 5).

This can be followed by a 2 year level 6 bachelors degree top up.

These are the routes I know of anyway.

You can also skip a masters degree and do a PhD with an apprenticeship... if your employer gives you sufficient research experience.
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