About the course
This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in working in IT and Telecoms. IT professionals serve customers in all types of business – they could be developing software or websites, helping companies set up new systems, or training people to use their IT facilities.
Please note start dates can be flexible – please enquire for more information.
What you will learn
On this advanced level apprenticeship you could work as a software developer creating software applications and websites, or as a software tester, testing applications before they are released.
An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. The apprenticeship will include a diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.
A full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. As this is an advanced apprenticeship, all applicants will require GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent), or can demonstrate through the assessment process that they will be able to achieve this. By completing a workplace audit the Apprenticeship Coordinator will be able to establish whether you are covering the right level of tasks in the workplace to support the criteria necessary for the on-site evidence.
Note - You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.
Dates, times & fees
|Start Date||Course Times||Duration||Campus||Fees|
|12/09/17||1 ½ years||Main|
|11/09/18||1 ½ years||Main|
- Software/Web Developer
- Desktop Support Engineer
- Network Planner
- Database Administrator
- Network Engineer
- Software Tester
You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.
Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.
Apprentices will also be assigned an Assessor, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.
Toby Rogers, 26, from Romsey, is now the Network Manager at The Mountbatten School having completed his training at City College Southampton.
Toby undertook the NVQ Level 2 and 3 IT Practitioner courses before he gained a job as an IT Technician at the college in 2009. He left in 2012 when he was offered a role at The Mountbatten School and has since progressed to Network Manager.
Prior to studying at City College, Toby was unemployed and unsure how to achieve his goal of working in IT. Lorraine Wheeler, Project Leader for work experience at the college and incidentally Toby’s neighbour, recommended he gave an apprenticeship a try. Toby said: “The provision for IT courses and apprenticeships at the college was great, with one day release a week. I felt ready for work when I finished my course.”
Now enjoying a successful career in computing, Toby is extremely pleased he chose to study at the college and said: “It was a good experience that prepared me for my career. It’s never too late to study, no matter what age you are. If you really want to achieve then nothing is stopping you.”