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IT Practitioners Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a full time work based training course.

About the course

IT is a central part of our lives and something we use every day. There is more and more demand for people who know how computers work and how to use them.

As an ICT apprentice, you could be working in a range of possible businesses or companies. You could be working as a support technician setting up new equipment or upgrading existing systems or you could be working on a helpdesk helping customers over the phone or email to identify and troubleshoot problems or faults. Alternatively you might be working in field operations where you will be travelling to customer sites to install, connect, maintain, test and repair equipment and services. Some apprentices might work for a web site design company helping to design and create websites for clients. All jobs will require you to have good people skills as well as the technical skills you’ll gain during your Apprenticeship.

You will develop the skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communication and productivity tools and software applications.

An apprenticeship consists of a framework of qualifications and training 4 days in the workplace receiving on-the-job training and 1 day in college where you will complete classes to prepare you for the qualifications which make up the rest of the framework.

You are encouraged to look for your own placement once you have completed your interview with college. The college will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who has a mature and professional attitude for the workplace. You will need to have good time management skills and be punctual. It is an advantage to be self-motivated and to able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Qualification Titles

  • Level 2 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence
  • Level 2 Certificate in ICT systems and principles
  • Level 1 Functional English, maths and ICT.




Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3/D or acceptable alternatives including grade 3 in English Language and Maths.  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.


Throughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to show your competence. You will be expected to keep a portfolio of evidence. Your college work is assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods including taught sessions and written tasks.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

The apprenticeship could lead to full employment in to job roles within the IT industry in job roles such as Data Administrator, Accounts; Payroll and Stock control systems, Website manager working with IT professionals to build new sites.


Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CWIIT1


  • More information
    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website