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Telecoms and Control Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced) at Blackburn College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.


You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Practical demonstration/Assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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