Network Engineer Higher Apprenticeships – Level 4

Who is it for?

The Network Engineer Apprenticeship is specifically designed for those who install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

These new standards are developed to align with the Apprenticeship Reforms, enabling an employer led approach to developing engineers who 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.

Typical job roles include Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer and Network Administrator.

Entry Requirements

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.


What will I learn?
  • Design simple networks from a well-defined specification
  • Install and configure network components
  • Optimise the performance of network systems and services
  • Monitor, test and adjust network systems to meet accepted standards
  • Troubleshoot network issues and repair faults
  • Apply diagnostic tools and techniques
  • Integrate network related software into an existing environment
  • Log and respond to network service calls and document work done in accordance with agreed procedures
  • Operate within the parameters of service level agreementsApplication of principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies
  • Maths required to be a network engineer
  • Causes and consequences of system failure
  • The architecture of a typical business IT system
  • Understands and responds to security threats, firewalls and vulnerabilities



Course Details

  • Location: Cosham
  • Duration: 24-30 months, start dates flexible to suit.
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Course Overview
Level 4 Network Engineer
  • Knowledge Modules


Network Principles

  • CCNA 1 + 2
  • Network +
  • Juniper JNCIA - Junus


Networks Systems and Architecture

  • MCP Server Virtualisation – Windows Server Hyper V
  • MCP MS Exchange Server
  • MCP Server 2012
  • MCP Windows Administrator
  • Server +
  • Juniper JNCIS - Ent


Network Security

  • Security +
  • CCNA Security
  • MTA Cloud and Mobility
  • Juniper JNCIS – Sec


Employers are entitled to select one vendor or professional qualification as part of the Levy or Co-funding scheme for the Apprenticeship. This can be chosen from any one of the knowledge modules.

Additional vendor qualifications come at a subsidised costs. Any knowledge modules that are not taken through a vendor are trained internally at PETA on a City and Guilds or BCS course.




Apprentices will need to successfully complete a number of assessment activities including a:

  • Modular series of knowledge assessments
  • A final summative assessment including a portfolio and project
  • A structured interview with an assessor

Additional Information

Additional Training

  • Maths and English


Next Steps

  • ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • Project Management

Course Dates

Apprenticeships are available throughout the year and are dependent upon finding a suitable employer.

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This is an Advanced Apprenticeship where the majority of the time is spent with an employer doing a real job.

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