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IT Professional Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

These IT Professional programmes are designed to train, support and develop information technology professionals employed in a broad range of roles providing IT services. As well as covering basic hardware and software, the programmes include concepts such as networking, IT security and system analysis and design. Emphasis is also placed on the ability of the learner to communicate and provide excellent customer service. The Advanced Level Apprenticeship for IT Professionals is ideal for those looking to progress in their career or to learn new ICT skills. It is also appropriate for those looking to enter higher education.

Apprenticeships are made up of framework of qualifications and training based on testing competency and developing practical, occupational and transferable skills:

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence (QCF)

Mandatory Units
• Develop own effectiveness and professionalism
• Health and Safety in ICT at Level 1

Choose from a range of optional units to enhance your learning experience and tailor the programme to your individual training needs.

City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate for IT Systems and Principles for Apprentices (QCF).

This qualification will provide underpinning knowledge and recognise skills in Systems Support, software development and telecommunications in the workplace which will help to tailor employees' knowledge to their specific job.

• Functional Skills in Maths Level 2, English Level 2 and ICT Level 2
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

It is expected that potential learners at this level will already have completed their IT Professional Apprenticeship or have other experience and skills to this level. A suitable role for this framework would involve supporting others with their IT needs.  This could include: IT user support, database assistants and clerks, computer engineers, IT operations technicians and software professionals, but there are many roles that could be considered suitable.  Work at this level should involve a significant level of responsibility and autonomy.


This programme is delivered with a mixture of day-release and visits from your assessor at your place of work.  Day-release varies according to the options that you choose at this level.  A significant level of self-study may also be required. Credit will be given for those with prior experience, knowledge and qualifications, which can cut down on the amount of day-release needed to complete this programme.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This programme builds on existing skills, while offering the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications that are important to progression in the industry.  The successful completion will lead to vendor-specific certificates offered by Cisco and Microsoft. Progression onto the following would be possible:
• further vendor-specific qualifications such as MCSE or CCNP.
• Higher Apprenticeship for ICT Professionals (Framework code 341) .
• to higher IT NVQ (IT Professional) or other relevant NVQ Levels 4 and 5.
• Higher Education such as Foundation Degree or HNC/D such as Network Computing or Telecommunications; Honours Degree such as IT Management for Business.
• development of competencies in other non-IT sectors such as management, finance, business skills or other company/employer requirements.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Huntingdon: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Saturday 9th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 16 January 2019
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