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Network Engineer

Course Code: AP4

Level: 4
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

What you'll learn

This Apprenticeship will include:

• designing simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes
• installing and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls
• optimising the performance of network systems and services
• monitoring, testing and adjusting network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment
• applying diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues
• applying structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues and repair faults in hardware, software products and the network
• undertaking system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems
• integrating network related software into an existing network environment
• interpreting written requirements and technical specifications for network activities and maintaining accurate records of network maintenance activities
• designing simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes
• installing and configuring network components, including switches, routers and firewalls
• undertaking system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Assessments/Exams

Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

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. Just complete and return an application form.