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Network Engineer Apprenticeship - Level 4

Kickstart your career

You receive a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Network Engineering

University support

Our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning

Our resources

State of the art skills labs and specialist facilities to ensure high training standards

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
Typical duration for this apprenticeship is 2.5 years.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates are September, January and May.

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Utilise your skills in network configuration, the cloud, network administration and monitoring tools by enrolling on the Network Engineer course at Staffordshire University.

The Network Engineer Level 4 Apprenticeship has been developed for Network Technicians, Network Engineers, Systems Engineers and Network Administrators. The primary focus of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users. They will understand network configuration, the cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Network Engineering

Course content

The programme will cover a broad range of topics including the following:

Modules

Year 1 Modules:

A focus on core skills - Maths and Data Analysis, Computer Architecture, Primary research and ethics.

  • Software Fundamentals
  • Computer Systems Development
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Business Analysis
  • Data and Databases

Year 2 modules:

  • Skills Portfolio and Career Plan
  • Negotiated Work Based Project
  • Local Area, Wide Area and Wireless Networks
  • Quality Of Service Over Converged Networks
  • Route Switch

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are normally: Level 2 certification in Mathematics and English and level 3 certification equivalent to 48 UCAS Tariff points (e.g. 2 A Levels at grades DD). Applicants without the required qualifications but sufficient work experience will be considered on application.

Fees

For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £17,000. For non-levy paying organisations the cost is £850.

Delivery and assessment

Delivery

Apprentices will attend a one-day induction at the beginning of the apprenticeship before the launch of the first module. There is a four-day module launch for each learning block in September, January and May.

The module launch is designed to provide apprentices with an overview of the module and its assessment. There will be a number of presentations, activities and the opportunity to get to know your tutors and other apprentices as well as a tour of the library and other university facilities.

Assessment

The final, end point assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship. It is based on the following elements:

  • A portfolio - produced towards the end of the apprenticeship. This will contain evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship which, taken together, cover the totality of the standard
  • A project - giving the apprentice the opportunity to undertake a business-related project over a one-week period away from the workplace
  • An employer reference - taking the form of a structured interview with an assessor, exploring the work produced for the portfolio and project

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills

Careers

Typical Job Roles: Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator

To join a higher degree apprenticeship programme, enquire with us today.