Information Technology - level 3 apprenticeship framework
This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level 3 information technology (IT). This is the only level 3 training in this skill acceptable for the receipt of apprenticeshipsni funding.
About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of a level 3 apprenticeship framework to achieve qualified status within the IT industry.
If you successfully complete the framework you'll be awarded a level 3 qualification showing recognition as a qualified person within the IT industry.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in IT will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
The apprenticeship provides the opportunity to specialise in one of five areas; cyber security, digital forensics, networking infrastructure, software development and telecoms. You need to complete both a knowledge-based qualification and a competence-based qualification from the list below. Your training contractor will provide advice on the appropriate qualification and unit choices for your chosen specialism.
- OCR level 3 Cambridge technical diploma in IT (601/7101/7)
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles 501/1436/0
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Information Technology 603/0455/8
- City & Guilds level 3 diploma in ICT professional competence (501/1788/9)
- Pearson BTEC level 3 diploma in ICT professional competence (501/1291/0)
- BIIAB level 3 diploma in professional competence for IT and telecoms professionals (PROCOM) (601/6447/5)
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
The level 3 IT apprenticeship is suitable for applicants who have achieved a minimum of five grade Cs at GCSE or an equivalent level. The employer and training contractor will also undertake an initial assessment to determine an applicant’s capability to achieve a level 3 standard.
Applicants may also progress from a level 2 ICT apprenticeship framework, or be considered based on previous experience in the sector.
Employers may apply their own additional criteria at the recruitment stage.
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training provider and employer.
The competence-based section of the qualification will be assessed in both the learning provider’s premises and in the apprentice’s workplace. This assessment should be conducted by trained competency assessors.
The knowledge-based section of the qualification will normally be assessed in the learning provider’s premises, and will include a mix of examinations and coursework.
All pathways must include mandatory induction. Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) must be covered and confirmation of completing ERR must be included with the request for the apprenticeship certificate.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that the requirements of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements
The apprentice must be employed from day one on the programme.
To prepare apprentices for their role in the workplace, training contractors may choose, with the employer’s agreement, to provide an initial focused period of directed training (bootcamp). In this bootcamp period apprentices would attend directed training three days per week for five weeks. The apprentice’s employment must commence before the start of the bootcamp, and no additional funding is available to training contractors opting for this delivery model.
Each apprentice will gain competency and skills in core IT areas, which may include optional* industry approved qualifications in:
Software development apprenticeship
Networking infrastructure apprenticeship
MTA software development fundamentals**
Cisco IT essentials **
MTA Windows 10 OS fundamentals**
* Optional qualifications are not funded by DfE
**These qualifications may be achieved by the apprentice during the initial focused training session / ‘bootcamp’ phase of the apprenticeship.
Following the initial focused training session, apprentices would revert to the established pattern of one day directed training per week, with the remaining 4 days spent with the employer.
The content of this framework (framework number 429 issue 6: 10/21) has been developed between the Department for the Economy and the ICT Sectoral Partnership (working with Belfast Metropolitan College). For further information, contact: