Foundation Apprenticeship in IT:Hardware Support NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

Scotland is highly dependent on its IT & Telecoms workforce – it underpins the economy and is integral to information, business and consumer services, health and leisure and modern-day social networking. Across all industries in Scotland, the combination of its highly skilled IT & Telecoms professionals, technology-savvy business leaders and competent IT users enable the organisations’ effective participation in the global digital economy.

During the Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology (Hardware Systems) you will learn the fundamental components to establishing and supporting company networks, users accounts and permissions. This includes establishing security protocols preventing cyber-attacks, malicious malware and general cyber security. Through work-based learning, you will then focus on the development of computer telecommunications protocols such as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and exchange configurations.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved or are working towards National 5s, preferably in Maths and English and should have an interest in a career in Information Technology. If your application is successful, you will be invited for an interview

You will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) in Professional Computer Fundamentals at SCQF Level 6. This consists of the following units:

· Security Fundamentals

· Network Fundamentals

· Server Administration Fundamentals

You also spend time with an employer, completing 5 units from the Diploma for IT and Telecommunications Professionals:

· Personal Effectiveness 2

· Health and Safety in IT and Telecom

· IT and Telecom System Operation 2

· Testing IT and Telecom Systems 2

· Working with IT and Telecoms Hardware and Equipment 1

Equipment

You should have achieved or are working towards National 5s, preferably in Maths and English and should have an interest in a career in Information Technology.

If your application is successful, you will be invited for an interview.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The IT Hardware Systems Foundation Apprenticeship can be completed over one or two years depending on when you begin the course.

It is delivered as a Networked or ‘Virtual Class’ using online technologies, such as video conference and BrightSpace, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Your classes will be timetabled alongside your other subject choices and will have a college lecturer in virtual attendance during the class. You will also work closely with a local business to gain work experienc

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.

Fees

For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship could provide progression to:

Advanced entry to a Modern Apprenticeship

HNC Computing

BSc Computing

Is there more information available online?

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.