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Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship


Learn to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations on this Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship programme – equipping you with industry-recognised skills to support you in your chosen career.

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.

This innovative and exciting apprenticeship programme will enable you to build your technical knowledge of the principles of networking and protocols, while being able to apply and test them at the same time.

You’ll gain the knowledge to be able to design, configure and secure simple networks from well-defined specifications, including switches, routers and firewalls. You’ll also cover testing and adjusting network systems through monitoring tools and troubleshooting by identifying network issues to enhance network performance.

You’ll be prepared and tested academically through interpreting written requirements and technical network specifications for maintaining accurate records of network activities. In addition, logging in and responding to network service calls and providing technical network support and solutions will enable you to develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively within the working environment.

Understanding networking engineer duties such as how algorithms work, data and expanding maths skills for binary will help to prepare you for future opportunities within the industry.

In addition to these academic studies, apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification. To help apprentices achieve this, we are offering CISCO CCNA 1 and 2 which cover the basics of networking, as well as routing and switching essentials.

We currently offer the network engineer pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard.

For apprentices

For employers

Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:

  • Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
  • Drive an increase in productivity.
  • Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
  • Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
  • Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
  • Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
  • Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.
For employers

For apprentices

Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:

  • A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
  • A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
  • A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
  • A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to roles such as network technician, network engineer, systems engineer and network administrator roles.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally for individuals working in a junior support role in a field related to network engineering, who are passionate and eager to expand their knowledge and networking skills.


Apprenticeship students at Solent University have access to our technology labs and software packages. These include our CISCO-certified networking and security labs, the E-C Council lab, media technology labs, development centres and usability testing environments.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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