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What's Involved

This Apprenticeship programme is designed for new entrants to a role in the IT & Telecoms sector, and to provide progression and re-skilling routes for existing IT Professionals.

The duration of this apprenticeship is generally 24 months.

Entry Requirements

Candidates wishing to enter a Higher Apprenticeship will need to have achieved one of the following:

  • A Levels, or equivalent educational attainment;
  • International Baccalaureate or a relevant Level 3 Technical Certificate;
  • An Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3);
  • Employment within the technology/telecommunications industry for a number of years and demonstrated to their employer that they have a reasonable expectation of achieving the required outcomes of the Higher Apprenticeship. This can be supported by the demonstration or evidence of prior achievement or performance in the role prior to starting the Higher Apprenticeship;
  • Working in a job role such as IT project Manager, Analyst Developer, IT Service Manager or Network/Telecoms Manager.

Potential apprentices should bear in mind that a Higher Apprenticeship combines the challenges of higher-level education with full-time employment, and should be prepared for the greater volume and level of study than in the Advanced Apprenticeship or another Level 3 qualification.

Where will it take me?

By the end of your apprenticeship you will have achieved:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals;
  • Level 4 BTEC HNC Diploma in Computing and Systems Development.

Following the completion of the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship framework, successful apprentices will be able to follow up on their Foundation Degree studies and continue on to complete a full Honours degree programme.

Other industry recognised, role-specific qualifications:

  • Project Management training and accreditation (PRINCE2, MSP, PMI, APM and Agile);
  • Service Management training and accreditation (ITIL, SDI and ISO/IEC 2000 training);
  • Management and Personal Development Training;
  • A wide range of vendor and core technology training – leading to industry recognised qualifications.

Some qualifications entitle membership of a professional organisation, offering networking and career advancement opportunities. For example, becoming a member of a professional organisation:

  • The British Computer Society (BCS);
  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET);
  • The Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP).

Other progression opportunities may include further learning in other business area, such as finance, business or sales.

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed using a range of methods such as; Direct observation of tasks or activities, examination of work products produced by learners (e.g. diary notes, site notes, completed reports), examination of witness testimonies from people, other than the assessor, who are prepared to provide statements detailing specific details of learners’ performance, review of records of ‘question and answer’ sessions covering specific aspects of the knowledge and understanding and Professional discussion. All of these assessment methods will build your portfolio of evidence.

Where and When

IT Higher Apprenticeship

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J448PRG-18 Part Time 10/09/2018 N/A £0 On Request N/A
J448PRG-19 Part Time 02/09/2019 N/A £0 On Request N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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2020-21 Course Guide

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