Communications Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: TEI353
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

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 framework includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas, designed to ensure Apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in today's IT Telecoms job roles. Apprentices can work in areas such as Technical Support, Telecommunications, IT Project Management and IT Helpdesk.


What will I study?

Selection of units from the Level 2 Professional Competence for IT Telecoms Professionals

  • Technical fault diagnosis
  • Working with ICT hardware and equipment
  • Investigating and defining requirements
  • Security of ICT systems
  • Copper and Fibre Cabling/Testing
  • VOIP installation/testing/repair
  • Radio communications
  • Networking hardware installation.

Selection of units from the Level 3 Professional Competence for IT Telecoms Professionals

  • Testing ICT systems
  • Working with ICT hardware and equipment
  • Technical fault diagnosis
  • Technical advice and guidance
Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade D in English and Maths at GCSE. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Practical demonstration/Assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination.
What can I do next?

Having completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship Framework, Apprentices may then progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship or continue to work and undertake a range of professional job-specific qualifications and training.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship programme offers successful Apprentices the opportunity to further progress in their studies and go on to undertake a related IT degree programme. They could select from Bachelors degrees, Foundation degrees, Higher Nationals or another higher level qualification, in areas such as Computing, Business Information Systems, IT or Telecommunications. Apprentices may also elect to continue within their job role and pursue their learning by undertaking additional technical, business or managerial level training and qualifications.

Apprentices who have completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship programme have often progressed within their career to take on Team Leader or senior level positions, utilising their expanding technical expertise and guiding and training others within the organisation.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Computer Service And Repair Technician

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you are keen on IT and enjoy fixing things, this job could be ideal for you.

You do not need formal qualifications if you have a good enough working knowledge of computer systems and software.

A computer service and repair technician will have good communication skills. They will also have good customer service skills. You’ll also need to be patient and have an organised approach.

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IT Project Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

IT project managers oversee the planning, development and installation of computer systems to meet their clients’ business needs. They work for all types of organisations from the NHS to government departments.

If you're well organised, good at solving problems and have excellent IT skills, you may find opportunities for a rewarding career in this field.

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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IT Support Technician

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you are interested in computers and like solving problems, this could be the perfect job for you. IT support technicians help to find and correct software and hardware problems for computer users.

To become an IT support technician, you will need to have a wide knowledge of operating systems. You’ll also need to know about networking, hardware and software. And you’ll be able to explain problems and solutions clearly to non-technical users.

If you have a good working knowledge of computer systems, you could begin as a trainee technician. You may improve your career prospects by gaining IT qualifications.

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IT Trainer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

IT trainers design and deliver computer courses. They work in the training departments of large organisations, and for IT training companies, colleges and universities. If you’re interested in IT and like the idea of showing people how to get the most from computers, this could be just the job you’re looking for.

To become an IT trainer, you’ll need knowledge of IT programs and systems. You’ll also need excellent spoken and written communication skills, and the ability to adapt to your learners’ abilities.

You can become an IT trainer in several ways. You’re likely to need qualifications in both IT and training/teaching.

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Future income

Starting salaries can be around £18,000 a year.

With experience and qualifications, this can rise to between £18,000 and £25,000. Technicians with planning, design or managerial duties can earn up to £30,000 or more.

Earnings may increase with shift allowances and overtime.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.