Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship BCS

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Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship  BCS

Course details
Level 4
15 months
Skills Coach support 
Every 4 weeks
You will achieve
Level 4 Network Engineer BCS

Common job roles

  • Network Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Administrator

Roles you may progress into

  • Senior Network Technician
  • Network Controller
  • IT Manager
  • Network Engineer Contractor
  • Network Security Contractor

Delivery of Programme
Phase one

Your induction takes place within the first 2 weeks of starting your apprenticeship and is delivered by your Skills Coach during your first face-to-face coaching session.

Inductions include an informative presentation to discuss an overview of the programme and cover support that is available to you, details of our policies, and will introduce you to our systems and the resources available to you throughout your programme. You will undergo a Vocational Skills Scan (VSS) to identify your current skill set and where the apprenticeship can bring you most value.

Functional skills
We use BKSB tests to determine your current level of knowledge, to assess if you need further support with English and/or Maths.

If you do, our Functional Skills Training team will work with you to supply these skills. You will be supported through remote training sessions and workshops, which run for 3 days (for each). Once you feel comfortable, you can sit the Level 2 Maths and/or English exams. These qualifications are equivalent to an A* – C (4-9) grade at GCSE, they are fully certified by City & Guilds and can be used to further enhance your CV and skillset.

Phase two
Network Principles
Training centre learning:

Part 1: 3 days
Part 2: 3 days
Part 3: 3 days

What you will learn:

  • Describe the role performed by a network of computers and shared devices
  • Describe concepts of physical and logical networks and state their main features and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Explain the typical infrastructure components of physical networks
  • Understand network protocol suites and conceptual models
  • Explore the fundamentals of network conceptual models
  • Compare and contrast the layers and the functionality of the OSI and TCP/IP models and associated devices
  • Understand the concepts of IP addressing and routing and IP addressing schemes, Routing concepts and protocols
  • Describe the differences between a class based (IPv4) and Classless
  • Inter Domain Routing scheme (CIDR)
  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages offered by static and dynamic for a Local Area Network


  • CompTIA Network+
  • Network Systems & Architecture

Remote learning:

40 hours of self-study
6 remote training sessions

Training centre learning:

Part 1: 2 days
Part 2: 2  days
Part 3: 2 days

What you will learn:

  • Develop a knowledge of the hardware and software components that form a Server
  • Install and configure a Server (or configure partition(s) within a server) and test connection to an existing network
  • Explain how to configure the elements required to enable a Server to perform a specified role
  • Describe the concept of virtualisation and VMs
  • Install and configure one or more virtual machines and manage resource allocation using a Hyper-Visor
  • Explain the roles and services provided by servers
  • Describe how to configure a range of network services and test their operation
  • Explain middleware and application services in a networking context through examples and case studies
  • Describe the purpose, benefits and drawbacks of server workload balancing
  • Describe a range of different storage solutions used in networks for online and offline storage
  • Understand key storage protocols used for network attached storage
  • Describe how to configure network storage devices and profile file


Network Security 

Remote learning: 

40 hours of self-study
9 remote training sessions

Training centre learning:

Part 1: 3 days
Part 2: 3 days
Part 3: 3 days

What you will learn:

  • Explain terminology for key IT security concepts
  • Describe current vulnerabilities and threats associated with IT security
  • Explain risk management methods and risk calculation tools
  • Explain and know when to use IT security countermeasures and controls
  • Understand how to configure Network Security
  • Understand how to configure a network server to enhance security of the server, applications and data
  • Describes elements of network security that can be configured on a server to enhance security
  • Understand a range of tools and techniques to identify vulnerabilities and threats to a network server
  • Understand the concepts of appropriate incident response for Information security incidents and identify different instances and escalate in an appropriate way

Your skills coach
You will have a skills coach assigned to support you throughout your apprenticeship, who will regularly arrange meetings with you both face-to-face and remotely.

During visits to your workplace, a variety of activities take place such as Tri-Party review meetings between you, your employer representative and your skills coach to discuss progress and set SMART targets. The skills coach will also work with your employer to complete your Employer Reference, a document which highlights key behaviours you have demonstrated.

Your portfolio
Throughout the apprenticeship, you will contribute evidence towards your online e-portfolio. We use e-portfolios as they are accessible from anywhere, and enable you to track your progress throughout your apprenticeship.

You’ll have access to your personal dashboard, which shows you a number of key milestones and deadlines coming up, such as the training you have completed, work that is due, and any gaps in your portfolio of evidence.

Your skills coach will be available to contact at any point throughout the apprenticeship and will advise you how to provide the best evidence.

Off-the-job training
Off-the-job (OTJ) training is comprised of, but not limited to activities such as: training with Estio, shadowing, journal entries and projects for e-portfolio. Completed within working hours as agreed with the employer but average at 6 hours per week (20% of your time on your apprenticeship).

You can track your OTJ progress on your e-portfolio.

Phase three
Assessment Gateway, preparation & administration week
The Gateway week is used to finetune your skills and offer a simulated Synoptic Project for systems familiarisation, and to ensure that your Summative Portfolio and Employer Reference are completed before entering into EPA.

Phase four
End Point Assessment
Learners are assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation, chosen by the Employer. Included in EPA is Evidence Submission (portfolio & certificates), Employer Reference, Synoptic Project and an Interview.
The Independent Assessor will feedback the results (Pass, Merit or Distinction) and the ESFA will provide your certificate.

Where can this apprenticeship take me?
The Network Engineer apprenticeship will give you the skills and experience needed to work in roles including Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, and Network Administrator.

After achieving a recommended minimum of 2 years experience within your role after completion (this is subject to employers) you can begin a

  • Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional apprenticeship.
  • Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional roles

Software Developer, Software Engineer, Software Tester, Application Specialist, Business Analyst, IT project Manager, IT Consultant, Network Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Database Specialist, Data Analyst, Digital Media Technology Practitioner, Systems Designer.

More information can be found on the institute for apprenticeships website.

University study

Level 4 apprenticeships are the equivalent to a foundation degree. If you wish to study further whilst staying in work, some universities will offer the ability to learn remotely. If you wish to take a break from work, you may need to apply for a student loan whilst you study.


Start date Location / delivery
No fixed date onsite

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