Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship Network Engineer

Start date(s):
1 Aug 2020
Duration:
2 years
Level:
Level 4
Course Code:
1040694
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Campus, Work Based
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime
Location:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
Tuition fees paid by employer. Enquire for more information.
Funding

Overview

As a network engineer, you will design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

You will develop the skills needed to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for clients, customers and suppliers.

Aims

The primary role 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, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

This higher apprenticeship has been mapped to the Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard and includes a recognised Foundation Degree in Computing with Networking qualification in addition to the work-based learning competencies that will be achieved in the work place.

Modules

Technical Competencies:
  • Can design simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes.
  • Can install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls.
  • Can optimise the performance of network systems and services.
  • Can monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment.
  • Can apply diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues.
  • Can apply structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues and repair faults in hardware, software products and the network.
  • Can undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems.
  • Can integrate network related software into an existing network environment.
  • Can interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities and maintain accurate records of network maintenance activities.
  • Can log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end users as required.
  • Can document work done in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • Can operate within the parameters of service level agreements, standards and/or agreed response times.
  • Can operate effectively in the business environment and responds to business issues related to network engineering.


Technical Knowledge and Understanding:
  • Understands and applies the principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies (specifically this should include the latest published versions of OSI layer model, IP, TCP/IP, routing and switching, WANs, LANs).
  • Understands and applies the applied maths required to be a network engineer (e.g. algorithms, data, binary, probability and statistics).
  • Understands the causes and consequences of system failure including load balance and storage protocols and responds appropriately.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Lectures
3
Seminars
3
Work Placement
30
Assignment Feedback
1
Independent Learning
3

Delivery

Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

This higher apprenticeship combines work-based learning with theoretical learning at college one day per week.

On Programme Assessment
Your technical knowledge and understanding will be assessed through a combination of Ofqual-regulated Knowledge Modules and specified vendor and professional qualifications. These must be passed before the end point assessment can take place.

End Point Assessment
The final, end point assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship. It is based on:
  • A portfolio – produced towards the end of the apprenticeship, containing evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship, usually towards the end, and which, taken together, cover the totality of the standard, and which is assessed as part of the end point assessment.
  • A project - giving the apprentice the opportunity to undertake a business-related project over a one-week period away from the day to day workplace.
  • An employer reference - a structured interview with an assessor - exploring what has been produced in the portfolio and the project as well as looking at how it has been produced.
  • An independent assessor will assess each element of the end point assessment and will then decide whether to award successful apprentices with a pass, a merit or a distinction.


You will have access to a wide variety of resources and course related materials on our online learning system (Schoology). Your college based technical certificate will include soft skills and independent study. The diploma is equivalent in size to two A-Levels. Six of the eight units are mandatory. Four units are assessed externally, one by written exam, the remaining units are assessed internally by assignment.

Professional body registration:

British Computer Society Membership

Placement:

Working with a local employer four days per week means you will develop your skills in a real working environment

You could progress to another relevant course or secure a role as a Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer or Network Administrator.

Funding

Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

We ask all students to contribute to trips and visits. We also recommend that you buy texts to support learning.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college, where you will be asked a standard set of questions - to help the curriculum team learn about your motivation for the course and career aspirations.

This will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and take a tour of our facilities.

Entry Criteria

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include:
  • A-Levels or a relevant Level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications.
  • Relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Standard Entry criteria:
  • Four GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, normally including maths and English (or equivalent qualifications e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma with maths and English Functional Skills at Level 2) or a commitment to study GCSE maths and English alongside the programme. International applicants require a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band.
  • Attend a successful interview with two members of the curriculum team (international applicants via internet (e.g. Skype).
  • 48 UCAS points (or you could hold a combination of qualifications which show you can be successful on this programme).
  • A personal statement.
  • Participation in induction activities to assess standard of academic writing in English.


Non-standard entry criteria:
  • Evidence of relevant experience which demonstrate you can be successful on this programme.
  • A personal statement must be provided.
  • Attend a successful interview with two members of the curriculum team.
  • Participation in induction activities to assess standard of academic writing in English.
  • Participation in basic and key skills builder (BKSB) assessments to establish level of maths, English and ICT skills (applicable where no formal qualifications in computing and/or IT related subjects and/or work experience in a computing or IT related job role can be evidenced).
  • A commitment to study GCSE maths and English alongside the programme if needed (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).