Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in IT & Telecoms Professional
About this course

This apprenticeship is aimed at those working in IT systems and Networking or in Software and Web development whose daily activity involves around information technology and the use of computers, storage, networking and other physical devices to create, store, retrive and transmit data.

Professional working within the IT industry help businesses to become more successful and job roles can include: 

  • Web design
  • Hardware
  • Telecoms
  • Software
  • Technical support
  • Programming and coding
What will I learn?

The higher apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms Professional will cover the following units: 

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Website Design
  • Database design Concepts
  • Procedural Programming
  • Network Technologies
  • IT Security Management


Entry requirements

Level 3 qualification in an appropriate IT related subject, such as A levels, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma. 

Minimum GCSE grade C in Maths and English. 

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Study, assessment and qualifications

The duration of a higher apprenticeships in IT and Telecoms will take 24 months to complete.

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. Each apprenticeship involves a structured programme of training leading to recognised qualifications. Here are the elements of the higher apprenticeship programme: 

Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals 

Skills and competence are observed on the job, so the work you do helps you to qualify. An assessor will come into the workplace on a regular basis to observe and work with you during the length of the apprenticeship programme. Appropirate units will be chosen that match your job role. 

Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and Systems Development

You will develop the knowledge that will underpin your specific apprenticeship. This is a university level qualification and you will be required to attend college for one day per week to achieve the knowledge element of this qualification. BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing have been developed with input from the Information and Communications Technology sector to deliver the essential understanding and practical skills for a career in the IT sector. 

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

Apprenticeship Standard For Infrastructure Technician

Digital Industries Apprenticeship: Assessment Plan
Infrastructure Technician

What could I do next?

A higher apprenticeship in IT can lead to jobs such as a Software or Web Developer, IT Project manager, IT Service Manager, Analyst Developer, Network Manager, and much more.  

With Further study you may be able to achieve an HND in Computing and Systems Development and / or other industry recognised qualifications such as CompTIA A+, N+ and Security +.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.