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IT Software & Web Professionals Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

  • HE

IT Software and Web Professionals Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 at Bedford College

The IT industry develops computer solutions that help businesses and individuals become more successful in their work. IT professionals serve customers in all types of business. They could be developing software or websites, helping companies set up new systems, or training people to use their IT facilities. This course allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, required for their immediate job and future career. The programme covers a range of web and telecoms duties and includes a range of mandatory unit and optional units, which will be determined by their relevance to the individual’s job role.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

  • Grades A*-C or 9-5 in GCSE English and maths, or equivalent

Plus one or more of the following…

  • A-Levels or equivalent educational attainment
  • A full Level 3 apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals
  • A full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject(s) (ideally 160-260 UCAS points).
  • Employment in an IT role for a number of years.

Entry will also be subject to a successful interview as it will be necessary to check that there is a reasonable expectation of achieving the required outcomes of the higher apprenticeship through your employment

Course content

The HNC/HND will consist of a number of units, which could include:

  • Website design
  • Web application development
  • E-commerce
  • Multimedia design
  • Digital image creation
  • Procedural programming
  • Event driven programming
  • Programming in .Net
  • Computer games design
  • Computer systems

You will also work towards the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence. You will select the units for this with your employer and the College.

Assessment methods

The HNC/HND is fully assessed through assignments.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals OCR Level 4 Diploma (Competence qualification)


  • Edexcel BTED Level 4 HND in Computing and Systems Development (Knowledge qualification)


  • Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing and Systems Development (Knowledge qualification)

It may be possible to complete some vendor qualifications as part of your qualification.

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this course you could top up your HND to a full degree at university. 

Future careers: This apprenticeship framework provides you with the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT, Software, Web or Telecoms Professional in a wide range of job roles such as IT technical support, software developer, web developer, database administrator and network planner.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years Flexible In College – 2 days per week Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street F2218


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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