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Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship – Application process and advice 

Before starting your application, we recommend that you read this information:

What you’ll need

  • Four GCSE’s:
    • Maths, grade 9-5 (A*-C)
    • English language, grade 9-4 (A*-C)
    • A science or engineering subject, grade 9-4 (A*- C).
    • One other subject, grade 9-4 (A*-C)
  • For Scotland it’s four Scottish Standard 1-3/National 5.
  • NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject is acceptable instead of a science GCSE
  • NVQ or BTEC level 2 is acceptable instead of the one other subject
  • We accept the equivalent qualifications from all the UK countries. You can refer to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's guide to comparing qualifications in the UK. (If you’re not sure just get in touch with us)
  • We accept iGCSE’s
  • We accept Functional skills Level 2 in Maths and English instead of the GCSE (nb -All 3 parts in English must be completed)
  • We’re happy for you to apply while you’re still sitting your exams, as long as you’ll have your results before the start of the scheme. If we offer you a place it will be conditional on you achieving the qualifications before the start date.
  • If you gained your qualifications outside the UK we’ll need a NARIC translation (www.naric.org.uk).
  • We accept most equivalent qualifications but there are some that we can’t accept as they don’t provide the right level of prior learning. It’s not easy for us to give a complete list so we do reserve the right not to accept a qualification. If you’re not sure just get in touch with us
  • If you are successful and we offer you a place you’ll need to show us your certificates

The application process

Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail

Network Rail applies positive action in our apprentice recruitment process.  Positive action is a range of measures allowed under the Equality Act 2010 which can be lawfully taken to encourage and train people from under-represented groups to help them overcome disadvantages in competing with other applicants.

Although part of your first year is spent at Network Rail’s Training Centre, you will be allocated a local depot. This is where you will be based for the remainder of your first year and the second and third years of the scheme. When you apply, we will consider you for vacancies at depots within 60 minutes travel time of your current home address. If you wish to be considered for a different geographical area, you’ll have the option of letting us know during your application.

So now you’ve read all the important information on the website and you’re ready to get going with your application.

Apply now for our engineering apprenticeship scheme

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