IT Application Specialist Level 2 and 3

Key Info:


 

Information and Communication Technology, or ICT, is all around us and plays a central part in all of our lives. It is a sector which is growing and advancing all of the time and good ICT skills are becoming an essential quality all employers look for in their employees. IT Application Specialist is an innovative new qualification for individuals using computers at work. Its unique 'pick and mix' design makes it ideal for the vocational learning in the workplace, allowing employees to learn and demonstrate a full range of different skill levels in just one qualification. The flexibility of the IT Application Specialist qualification means candidates can adapt the qualification to fit varying job profiles.

Who are these qualifications for?

The range of optional units available within this qualification allows candidates and employers to tailor this qualification to meet the needs of the business and help candidates grow within their existing job role and skill set. The Level 2 is suited to Social Media/Digital Marketing Assistants, Web Development Assistants and Data Administrators. Level 3 candidates can make use of complex IT tools with the ability to devise solutions in order to improve productivity. Learners following this level will take considerable responsibility and be able to offer support and advice to others.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to start an Application Specialist qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The candidate must be paid the Apprenticeship Wage as a minimum, but many employers pay a bit more. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week. If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience.

Personal qualities required to work in this sector

If you're already working in an IT role, it is likely you will naturally posess many of the personal qualities that are suited to this sector. Due to the type of work and daily activites involved, candidates are required to have excellent communication and people skills along with an enthusiasm for technology.

In some roles, individuals need to have the ability to respond quickly and be able to work well under pressure, whilst operating effectively with other team members. A good understanding of IT and a technical mind is key to success in this fast moving and ever-changing industry.

Qualification information & content:


 

How long will it take to complete?

The Level 2 qualification will take between 12 to 15 months to complete. At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 12 to 18 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.

How will the qualifications be achieved?

Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers. Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer candidates a full package of qualifications known as a framework. In addition to the diploma, all candidates are required to work towards maths, English and IT qualifications, whilst learning about employment rights and responsibilities, and building on personal learning and thinking skills.

Apprenticeship Framework

Intermediate Apprentice (Level 2)

Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 2 Diploma in IT Professional Competence
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English, maths and Level 2 Information Communication Technology
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Advanced Apprentice (Level 3)

Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma in IT Professional Competence
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, maths and Information Communication Technology
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

How will I be trained?

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.

As an apprentice you will be in employment for the course of your training. Your employment will usually be for at least 30 hours per week.

You will study for a Technical Certificate in this subject area. You will be tested via a multiple choice assessment at the end of each module. This is set by the awarding body.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place through appointments at the work place as well as via theory which is demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence. Work-based observations are also carried out. Any relevant prior knowledge you may have will be used to assist in planning the programme and training.

What are the entry requirements?

Intermediate Apprenticeship

  • You would normally be expected to have 4 GCSEs at grade E or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 1 or above.
  • Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
  • Applicants will be offered a place once they have secured employment and subject to a satisfactory  initial assessment in maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship

  • You would normally be expected to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 2 or above.
  • Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
  • All applicants will be offered a place once an Assessor has confirmed their job role meets the criteria required by the qualification and they have satisfactorily completed an initial assessment in maths and English.

Progression Opportunities


 

If you're commited to advancing your career by building strong IT based skills, you may want to progress on to an additional qualification at a Higher Level in Using IT. Some candidates progress to other qualifications in a different sector such as Customer Service or Business Administration and Management dependent on their job role and responsibilities at work.

Contact: 0345 6789023

Email: enquiries@ctapprenticeships.co.uk