Advanced Engineering level 3 Apprenticeship

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Whichever career path you choose, you'll be working to transform this vast network of rail, signals, electrified lines and telecommunications to get them ready for the future. All the while you’ll be building experience that will set you up for the future, too.

Our railway lines are the economic arteries of our nation. The vital work you will be doing will help keep the lines safe and reliable for the millions of people who use the railways every day.

Don't worry if you're not sure which path to take. During the assessment process our experienced team will find the best opportunity based on your strengths.


You must be aged 18 on or before 31 March 2019. This is to ensure we are compliant with Health & Safety requirements and regulations around shift patterns and working at night for under-18s. There is no upper age limit for the programme.

Academic qualifications

In order for a candidate to be considered for entry to the Network Rail Apprenticeship Scheme they must hold the following Academic qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language at Grade A*- C / 9 - 5 **

  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade A*- C / 9 - 5

  • GCSE Science at Grade A*- C / 9 - 5 Or NVQ or BTEC Level 2 or above in an Engineering subject


  • One other GCSE in any subject at Grade A*- C / 9 - 5

*Please note that NVQ or BTEC Level 1 in an Engineering subject will not meet the required Standard

**English Literature will only be accepted as an additional qualification

Candidates can be considered for the Scheme if they hold equivalent qualifications to GCSEs at Level 2 or above.

Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English will be accepted. All 3 parts in English must be completed.  We cannot accept just English Reading or Writing.

The following qualifications are acceptable as equivalents (or above) to GCSEs:

  • Scottish National 5 or Scottish Standard 1-3

  • A Level at Grade A – E

  • AS Level at Grade A – E

  • O Level at Grade A – C

  • IGCSE at Grade A - C

  • Please mention uptree in your application 

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