IT Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals Level 4 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

Apprenticeship programmes can start at any time throughtout the year. This programme will take a minimum of 24 months to complete.

Entry requirements

This qualification is suitable only for learners aged 18 who are currently working in the Computing/IT world.  Candidates are required to have either:

  • GCE Advanced level profile which shows strong performance in relevant subjects supported by GCSE grades 4/C or above (including GCSE maths and English Language at Grade 4/C or above) and have completed the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms OR IT Practitioner
  • Related work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector
  • You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies

Students will take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and a good personal reference will be required.

You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 4 Diploma in Computing and Systems Development and a Level 4 HNC in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals.

Last updated: 15th March 2019

Course overview

This apprenticeship is for anyone wishing to develop their skills in the IT industry.

Course content

You will study all of the mandatory units and choose from the optional units listed below. You will also study:
• Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals – Mandatory Units
• Health and Safety in ICT
• Develop own Effectiveness and Professionalism

Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals – Optional Units
• Technical fault diagnosis
• Remote support for products and services
• Technical advice and guidance
• Investigating and defining customer requirements for ICT systems

Computing and Systems Development – Mandatory Units

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project

Computing and Systems Development – Optional Units

  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in College and in your place of work.

What equipment will I need?

You will need to provide your own writing material and a USB stick.

Where will I study?

You will study within the workplace and attend classes at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2YW.
Attendance for the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing and Systems Development is expected to be one afternoon and one evening per week. In addition, apprentices will be required to attend a ½ day workshop for the Diploma element of the course.

What can I do next?

Upon completion you can progress onto University to study as an undergraduate in a related subject or apply for job roles including:

  • IT Technician
  • Software Designer
  • Complete study at degree level.

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths or a higher level maths qualification we can help you do that too.

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.



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IT Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals Level 4 Apprenticeship