Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers.

What qualifications do I need to apply?
5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and preferably ICT. The equivalent of 2 A-Levels achieved by September 2017, preferably including a communications-related subject, for example English Language or Literature.

Is there an age limit?
You have to be over 16 to apply. If you’re looking for alternative to university, an apprenticeship could be for you.

What will I have at the end?
A diploma in Marketing (including NVQ Level 3).

What is a diploma?
A certificate to show that you’ve completed a course of study.

What is an NVQ?
A National Vocational Qualification is a nationally recognised work-based qualification which shows you have the skills and knowledge to carry out a job role.

How much time will I spend studying?
You will attend training sessions one day a month and be expected to spend an hour a week of your own time studying.

What will I study?
Examples of the things you might learn about are:

  • Developing marketing plans
  • Using digital and social media in marketing campaigns
  • Organising events
  • Evaluating and improving performance
  • Chairing meetings

What will I do on the placement?
You will work on marketing campaigns. Examples of activities are:

  • Audience research
  • Researching new digital tools and channels
  • Producing content for news and social media channels
  • Organising visits for ministers

What type of person are you looking for?
If you’re creative, flexible, excited by news stories and current affairs, passionate about learning and you enjoy being part of a team, we want to hear from you.
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, especially from groups that are underrepresented in government: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Do I need communications or marketing experience?
No. We’re looking for people who will bring a fresh perspective, innovation and enthusiasm to the team.


Useful links
What is an apprenticeship?
How to write a winning apprenticeship application
Get a better idea of what it’s really like to be an apprentice by reading apprentice blogs.