Advanced Apprenticeships as an IT Application Specialist (Level 3)

This apprenticeship is for those who are interested in working with computer software.

With over 90% of jobs requiring some IT knowledge, a person who has completed the IT Application Specialist apprenticeship is sure to gain skills which can be applied in a vast variety of industries and sectors.

Employees taking this apprenticeship will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to both improve the productivity of those around them and solve any problems they may be having with their IT software.

Apprentices will also gain a wide insight into why and how software and IT is used across the industry that they are in.

In addition to interpersonal skills, they will also gain business knowledge as they are working within a fully operating organisation and will be in contact with a variety of people each day.

Apprenticeship Information

This level 2 apprenticeship from NCFE is worth 39 credits

This course involves between 280 and 285 guided hours of learning.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific qualifications required for entry onto the apprenticeship framework, however, many employers require good (A*-C) GCSE passes in English and Maths in order to enter an Advanced Apprenticeship. The majority of IT Application Specialist apprenticeship roles require:

  • Individuals to be proactive, fast learners;
  • Individuals who are able to work independently or as part of a team;
  • The ability to focus on assisting customers and colleagues find solutions to problems
  • Good attention to detail and the ability to deliver what is required, when it is required
  • Individuals to be open to change and focus on the requirements of the business at all times

What can an Apprentice do with this Apprenticeship?

Having completed the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, an apprentice can progress to further vocational study in their chosen sector, for example, taking a Foundation Degree. They may also progress to Further or Higher Education to take a HNC or HND programme.

What do the jobs at level 3 involve?

IT Application Helpdesk Support

This role involves responding to hardware and software problems; setting up user hardware, software and security; designing solutions to improve business processes using IT.

IT Supervisor

This role involves being responsible for others’ use of IT; developing and streamlining business processes for efficient office operations; setting up and using advanced application software features.

Website Manager

This role involves planning and contributing to designing websites; creating multimedia content for websites; working with IT professionals to build new sites.

IT Application Officer

Preparing presentations and other learning resources; setting up mobile devices for learners and working with specialist software to manage learner records.

Using mobile communications; managing enquiries, quotations and orders together with creating and reporting management information.

What will an apprentice learn on this apprenticeship?

Like all apprenticeships this one contains; a knowledge based element, a competence based element, Skills (English and Maths), a module on Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and a module on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

The knowledge based element of this apprenticeship will go through advanced aspects of IT applications as they learn how applications fit into a business.

The competency part of this qualification will see the apprentice using their knowledge with a range of systems and software applications.

The skills part of this qualification will bring  English and Maths skills up to the necessary level needed to carry out the role.

Finally the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) part of the course will teach generic skills which will be helpful in day to day life.