Business, Computing and ICT
16-18 Year Olds
Who is this course for?
Interested in becoming a network engineer? This course focuses on the challenging world of networking and systems support for those who wish to pursue a career in one of these exciting fields.
If you’re interested in computers, good at solving problems and like to keep up to date with developments in technology, this could be a great career for you.
What do you need to apply for the course?
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths. You will also need to demonstrate excellent IT skills and show a keen interest in networking and computer systems.
What are the key things you'll learn?
Network engineers install, service and repair the computer data and communication systems used by companies. These networks could be cable, fibre optic or wireless
You will learn how to install and configure computer software and hardware, setup user accounts, permissions and passwords to allow access to a network. You will also learn how to ensure security is at the right level to block unauthorised access, find and fix network faults and learn how to administer and monitor network activity.
The topics you will cover include:
- Managing Networks
- Communication Technologies
- Installing & Upgrading software
- Organisational Systems Security
- IT Technical Support
- Computer Systems Architecture
- Networked Systems Security
- Computer Systems
How you will learn
As it is essential you gain experience in computer networking you will spend a large proportion of your time in a computer lab. The study programme incorporates a combination of lectures, group work and collaborative practices with a focus on scenarios that simulate the real working environment.
Where could this course take you?
After successfully completing the course you could progress into higher education or seek employment in the industry.
What costs will you incur?
If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.
If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.