Network Engineer SCQF 8 (Digital Technology)

Apprenticeship Programme (Scotland)

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This programme has been designed with the aim of providing a learner with all of the knowledge and performance skills required to successfully design, implement and manage enterprise networks.  

Apprentices will learn: 

  • How to design, deploy and test on-premises network solutions to provide network services 
  • How to implement technical network security solutions to prevent, detect and monitor unauthorised access and compromise of network and network-accessible resources 



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Level Of Study

SCQF Level 8


Technical Apprenticeship in Digital Technology for Network Infrastructure at SCQF Level 8 

Apprenticeship Certificate

Awarded by SQA

Entry Requirements

No set requirements

English Language Requirements


Mode Of Study

Blended and work-based learning


18 months 

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include a personal reflective statement, workplace observation, witness testimony or professional discussion

Start Date



Online and work-based

What's learned?

  • Network Standards and Protocols
  • Network Hardware and Software
  • Network Design Principles
  • Network Security Principles and

Programme structure

  • 12-18 months including access to our online learning platform.
  • Apprentices follow QA’s unique methodology, Digital by Design (DxD) - the revolutionary blended learning solution which sets us apart from other providers.


You will be equipped to work in roles such as: 

  • Network Engineer 
  • Network Architect 
  • Network Administrator 
  • Systems Administrator 

Core Units 

  • Principles of Project Management 
  • Digital Transformation 
  • Meta skills and Professionalism 

Technical and Professional Skills Units 

  • Network Infrastructure and Administration 
  • Network Design 
  • Network Security and Network Implementation 
  • Advanced Network Security and Network Monitoring 

Learners should be given 2-3 working hours per week to dedicate solely to their apprenticeship programme, where they will complete digital learning activities. Over the course of the programme, they will also be required to attend virtual classroom training for a total of 16 days which is typically held in 2-3 day training blocks. 

You'll have a whole team behind you to help you get the most out of your apprenticeship, including:

  • Your line manager
  • A skills coach
  • A safeguarding specialist
  • A learning support specialist

There are no set entry requirements for learners. The only thing to bear in mind is that your job role must fit your chosen apprenticeship qualification, allowing you to complete the relevant modules. QA will undertake a role-matching exercise to help you.

What is Digital by Design

Digital by Design (DxD) is our unique approach to learning design, with a blended delivery model combining tech, content and support to create a superior learner experience.

This blend of cutting-edge technology, engaging content, compelling design, dedicated, easy to access learner support brings ‘training’ up to date for the digital age.

Its purpose is to create the best possible experience for learners, helping them to deliver meaningful impact to your business, faster. This translates into greater career success, and helps to futureproof organisations for digital transformation.

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Cloud Academy

Courses delivered on DxD also offer access to our world leading learning platform, Cloud Academy.

With over 10,000 hours of training, cutting-edge labs and sandboxed environments, Cloud Academy allows Degree Apprentices to learn by doing, building their confidence and competencies, without the risks of working in a live system.

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