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ICT Application Specialist

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 15 months

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About the course

In today’s economy, there are a wealth of exciting roles where high levels of IT and ICT Skills are required. The ICT Application Specialist Apprenticeships at City College Plymouth enable you to train for a specific role in IT such as an IT clerk, IT support, ICT technician or web technician, or for a more general role such as digital assistant or data administrator. The advanced Apprenticeship will prepare you for a career in roles such as IT application helpdesk support, IT supervisor or website manager. Other more general career routes you could access would be working as an office administrator, working in publishing, multimedia, accounts, sales, marketing or education and training. The ICT Application Specialist Apprenticeship offers a wide range of optional units that you can study to match your particular organisational and job role requirements. The framework is suitable for those whose main job role is to use IT applications in support of colleagues or customers in any sector or industry. As an intermediate or advanced apprentice, you will gain competence, skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communication and productivity tools and software applications. This includes the creation and amendment of many types of formatted information including documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and presentations. The training programme also includes maintaining simple websites, using the internet to find and exchange information and using social media to disseminate information. Upon completion, you may benefit from enhanced career opportunities within the sector and you could also progress to one of the higher-level ICT courses on offer at the College.

What you'll learn
  • City & Guilds Diploma in IT User Skills.
  • Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT.
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities.
  • PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self management and effective participation.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skill entry assessments.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. There are also some exams.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.