Higher Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals

Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals and HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Computing and Systems Development

Level Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals and HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Computing and Systems Development
Duration 24 months
Start date Flexible
Attendance Blended learning – workplace and classroom training sessions with evening study.
Entry Requirements A level 3 qualification e.g. A levels, Advanced Apprenticeship, BTEC or Access to Higher Education.

What is a higher apprenticeship?

Higher apprenticeship programmes have been designed to train individuals to foundation and degree level, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to meet employers’ and business needs.

Higher apprenticeships are the next step up from advanced apprenticeships and are nationally accredited work-based programmes. This allows employers to invest into their own organisation’s talent and increase productivity and profitability through a highly qualified and skilled workforce.

Who is this qualification for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for an individual who is currently working or would like to work as an Analyst Developer, IT Service Engineer or Network Engineer.The programme includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas, ensuring that apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in range of IT and Telecoms job roles.

This programme aims to develop individuals wishing to progress to skilled technical and support level positions in website development, internet systems operations and technical website database support, along with the management and development of an e-business operation.

Objectives of learning:

  • Gain knowledge of the generic principles and practice in relation to how web based and commercial systems are developed and how they support the Business and IT Sector
  • Understanding the characteristics of different organisations and the technical and economic environments in which they operate and the challenges that they face
  • Acquire and apply a range of advanced technical skills relevant to web based and commercial computer systems, integrated with work-related experience
  • Networking skills will be developed throughout the duration of the two year programme using state of the art CISCO equipment. This combines the development of programming skills and systems analysis and design techniques. Database skills are essential for storing, handling and manipulating data and these are developed at Level 4.

Benefits include:

  • Apply technical knowledge and thinking in the role. The units covered will include Software Development, Web Development, Technical Support, Telecommunications and Databases.
  • Gain qualifications such as Microsoft MCSA/MCSE/MCSD Cisco CCNA and CompTia alongside a Pearson accredited Higher Diploma.
  • Further enhance carer prospects by completing a full honours degree programme or other industry recognised qualifications including Project Management training and Service Management training

Structure of the apprenticeship

This higher apprenticeship includes mandatory units and a range of optional knowledge and competence units. These will be chosen in discussion between yourself, your employee and the tutor to meet the needs of your business. 


BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and Systems Development:

  • Business skills for e-commerce
  • Computer systems
  • Employability and professional development
  • Research skills
  • Website design
  • Office Solutions Development
  • IT support for end users
  • Information systems in organisations

BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals:

  • Health and safety in ICT
  • Developing effectiveness and professionalism
  • Additional optional units


Student assessments are modular assignments which are coursework based projects with a real-world employability focus. Your employee will require technical knowledge and will show competence through complex work activities.  Assessments are conducted in the workplace through observation of the duties carried out and a range of other methods; including witness statements, professional discussions and reflective accounts.  To fulfil the requirements of the course your employee will also be required to undertake research and written tasks.


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