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Digital Learning Design Level 3 Apprenticeship at Accrington and Rossendale College

Course description

As a Digital Learning Designer Apprentice (Level 3) you will be designing, developing and testing new digital teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) materials to make learning accessible for all.

Do you want to learn more about, and become a qualified specialist in, one of the fastest growing and most lucrative industries in the world?

The huge benefits of using technology in teaching and learning are becoming globally realised. As a result, the use of digital and e-learning is rapidly expanding in private industry, the public sector, and in education. Currently, 27% of the total European industry training budget is spent on e-learning and this is growing by 10% each year. The UK has the largest e-learning industry within the EU, with 400 specialist companies that generate over £540 million.

Until now there has been no official training pathway in to this industry, and consequently there is a large skills gap in the UK for specialist e-learning designers.

This exciting new apprenticeship aims to address this gap in the market. Once qualified, you could start earning between £19,000 and £25,000 a year. With at least one year’s experience, salaries can rise to between £25,000 and £35,000. Senior developers with departmental responsibilities can earn £50,000 a year or more.

Course content

The course comprises 13 units and has a value of 41 credits. Units may include:

• Introduction to the Digital Learning Environment
• Professional and Personal Development
• Working in a Digital Learning Lifecycle
• Effective Communication for Digital Learning Design
• User Experience Design
• Quality and Standards
• Investigating and Analysing Requirements for Digital Learning Designs
• Introducing Immersive Technologies
• Using Social Media Technologies
• Developing Skills, Understanding and Confidence of Others in E-learning
• Graphic Design and Imagery
• Mobile IT Technologies
• Storyboarding

Entry requirements

  • A good standard of general education – ideally 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above.
  • GCSE (or equivalent) maths and English or willingness to achieve on appointment.

Skills, Knowledge and Level of Competency

  • Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for IT related development
  • Experience of working with a range of IT and web based systems e.g. YouTube
  • Smart appearance suitable for professional working environment
  • Excellent timekeeping and attendance record
  • Strong interpersonal / communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong attention to detail.


Methods include an e-Portfolio of evidence from your projects, assignments, work, case studies and observations.

Future opportunities

  • Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Digital Learning Design
  • Career as an e-learning designer
  • A role in the digital learning design industry
  • Wider jobs in the IT, multimedia, education, or design industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington and Rossendale College directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2016
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