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English and maths requirements for higher and degree apprentices

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Nominated learners MUST have obtained Level 2 qualifications in English and maths (i.e. GCSEs at Grades 9-4 or A*-C, or equivalent) before commencing their Henley apprenticeship programme.

Employers will be asked to ensure that applicants can provide evidence of these qualifications before including them on a cohort form.

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 embarking on the programme gives learners the best experience and chance of success.

A full 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 the subject of English Language, English Literature and/or Mathematics.

Evidence will typically be an exam certificate or certified statement of results from the awarding organisation. A full list of acceptable evidence is available from the government website.

The government has provided a useful link for those who may have mislaid their exam certificate or certified statement of results.

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.

The National Careers Service has a course finder that can be used to find Functional Skills programmes. We are not permitted to make recommendations to employers for Functional Skills training required prior to a Henley programme; however, we are able to introduce employers to other providers offering Functional Skills training.

Henley’s policy is to ask for evidence of Level 2 qualifications in English and maths at the application stage.

In Autumn 2020 we made a temporary policy change concerning this arrangement to provide greater flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our original policy was reinstated in January 2021, which means that all Henley apprenticeship programme applicants must evidence achievement of Level 2 functional skills in English and maths prior to starting their programme.

Henley apprenticeships emphasise personal and professional growth for individuals. Even experienced professionals have English and maths skills that they would like to develop further – from formal report writing to calculating financial ratios.

Take a look at our essential guide to find out how learners continue to develop their English and maths skills on their Henley apprenticeship programme.

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