IT Applications Specialist - Advanced Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: TEI353
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Part 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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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.

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