IT Application Specialists Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: BB364S
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
Overview

Our IT Application Specialists and IT User Apprenticeships provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communication and productivity tools and software applications.

What will I study?
  • Understanding the potential of IT
  • Developing personal and team effectiveness using IT
  • Improving productivity using IT
  • Using IT to find and exchange information
  • Using IT productivity tools and applications.
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?
  • Practical demonstration/assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Portfolio of evidence
What can I do next?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship natural progression would be to a higher level course or promotion within your employment to give you a broader range and quality of skills and understanding of the industry and its requirements.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

IT Project Manager

  • £
    25,000
    + 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

  • £
    18,000
    + 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

  • £
    20,000
    + 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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Software Developer

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner.?

 

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Web Developer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Web developers design, build and maintain websites and web applications to meet their client's needs. Jobs can range from creating a staff intranet for an organisation to building a payment system for an online retailer.

If you want a varied job, can find creative ways to solve problems and have good programming skills, this could be the career for you. You'll also need to be a good teamworker, with the ability to meet deadlines.

Most web developers have qualifications and experience in IT. You can join a graduate training scheme after university or start as a junior developer with a company and work your way up.

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Web Editor

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

As a web editor you would research, write and check the images, text and other media published on your employer's website. If you are a skilled writer and researcher, with a keen eye for detail, this job could be ideal for you.

You will need an excellent standard of spelling, punctuation and grammar. You will also need an organised approach and creative ideas to come up with interesting ways to present information and appeal to the site's target audience.

There are various routes into this job. For example a background in journalism or marketing could help. Employers will want to see examples of your writing from previous paid or voluntary work. Many web editors start out as an assistant at first.

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Future income

Starting salaries are between £25,000 and £28,000 a year. Experienced project managers can earn from £30,000 to £50,000 or more.

Salaries depend on the type of role and the scale of the project. Extra benefits like bonuses may be available for successfully meeting deadlines.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

 

Traineeships

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.