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Level 4 Apprenticeship in IT (Network Engineer)


Course Overview

The apprenticeship includes learning about network engineering, covering the aspects of designing, installing, maintaining and supporting communication networks within a business or between organisations.

You will learn how to maintain high levels of operation for communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for users, such as staff, clients, customers, and suppliers. As part of the apprenticeship you will develop logical and creative thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills in order to maintain a productive, professional and secure working environment.

Job roles for an apprenticeship in this sector include: network technician, network engineer, systems engineer and network administrator.

Course Content

The primary role of a Network Engineer is to understanding network configuration, cloud, network administration, and monitoring tools, to be able to give technical advice and guidance. You will also learn the different systems and elements of a computer network, covering the security of computer networks, and looking at ways that computer networks can be protected from attacks and unauthorised access.

Throughout the apprenticeship you will learn:
  • How to install and configure network components
  • Monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards
  • Undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems
  • Operate effectively in the business environment and responds to business issues related to network engineering
  • Log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end users as required
  • Understand the causes and consequences of system failure
  • Understand and responds to security threats, firewalls and vulnerabilities
  • Understands the architecture of a typical business IT system, including hardware, OS, server, virtualisation, middleware and applications

Throughout the duration the modules of study covered are:
  • CCNA 1 - Networking Fundamentals
  • CCNA 2 - Routing & Switching
  • CompTIA Server+
  • CCNA Security

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

Entry Requirement

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths, or a relevant Level 3 qualification.
  • You will need to be employed, or find employment in the IT industry.


As part of the apprenticeship programme you will spend four days in the workplace and one day at college.  You'll be assessed through practical training and assessment tasks at work, as well as through the completion of college assignments. 

For the four core modules, all CISCO and CompTIA qualifications will require you undertake an exam at the end of each assessment. 

Where does this course lead to

Upon completion of the apprenticeship you can progress further within the profession into a wide range of IT and Network Engineering roles across many sectors, or undertake related to the subject and role in the workplace.

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Course Outline

Course Code: CP07
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: TBC.
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