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Higher Level Apprenticeships


Higher Level Apprenticeships are designed to help those in work develop higher skill levels, awarding qualifications equivalent to the first stages of Higher Education (i.e. Level 4 or Level 5). They are aimed at anyone who has completed A Levels (or equivalent). Find out more about the Levels of Study.

This new model for apprenticeships is appealing to employers too. Our programmes align with the needs of businesses by meeting their growing demand for higher level skills. Today, upskilling is the key to growing our local economy.

As a work-based programme, a Higher Level Apprenticeship enables you to ‘earn while you learn’ and to gain an internationally recognised academic or professional qualification.


Accountancy Higher Level Apprenticeship


Belfast Met has launched this new initiative with our two-year Accountancy Higher Level Apprenticeship, leading to a Level 5 qualification, equivalent to a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. 

All Higher Level Apprenticeships include a combination of on- and off-the-job training. The off-the-job element is delivered by Belfast Met on a day-release basis for a two-year period. Blue chip Belfast accountancy firms providing on-the-job training include Goldblatt McGuigan, ASM Accountants and RSM McClure Watters.

How Can Your Career Benefit?

  • Employability – Acquire valuable knowledge, practical skills and work experience, together with an internationally recognised qualification. This programme will provide you with an immediate two year employment contract working with a leading Northern Ireland accountancy practitioner while attending Belfast Met weekly.
  • A Stepping Stone to Chartered Accountancy – Continue your studies towards Chartered Status at Level 7 with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).
  • Earn While You Learn – Get valuable work experience from a local accountancy practice within the greater Belfast area, obtain a professional qualification and earn a regular salary (at least the national minimum wage).
  • Debt-free – Start your professional career minus the student debt your university peers will have accumulated during their degree course. The financially savvy alternative to university!

Digital Marketing Higher Level Apprenticeship


Digital marketing and the use of social and digital media is a key part of business marketing and practice today. Businesses are looking for more digital marketing capability and capacity which is increasing the demand for skilled people in this sector. This Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing is designed in consultation with key industry experts - Google, Incisive Media and McLaren.
The course recognises the rapid growth and changes occurring in the industry and provides apprentices with the skills and knowledge to apply in a business environment and within their job role. The two year Higher Level Apprenticeship is designed to equip apprentices with the ability to understand, utilise and develop the skills needed whilst working in social media and digital marketing for business purposes. It builds transferable skills in communication, team working and the ability to self reflect.

How you benefit from this qualification

As an employee in an SME, you will increase your practical and knowledge-based skills set, gain a university level and industry-recognised qualification and also earn a wage. This means that you will maximise your career development potential without having to incur any fees or costs associated with studying a higher education course.

If you are interested in this programme, make an online application using course code search C4090.
You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work more efficiently, productively and with more motivation and confidence. Throughout your course, you will benefit from receiving structured training that is tailored to your needs, fully supported by a personally-assigned assessor from Belfast Met and industrial mentor in your workplace.



Computing Infrastructure Level Apprenticeship


This is a two-year, work-based programme which enables you to ‘earn while you learn’. You need to be employed over two years in a computing role while studying a minimum of one day a week at College. You will be studying for the Foundation Degree in Computing Infrastructure, validated by Ulster University. You will gain this qualification along with practical skills and relevant experience in the workplace which will open new career opportunities for you. The course has been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in Computing Infrastructure areas including analysis, design and networks. The course will provide you with a high quality, Ulster University validated qualification. It has been developed to address the needs of candidates seeking to progress their careers in the IT support industry, and to progress to higher education.

This qualification is linked closely to a candidate’s professional development and reflects the needs of employers. The course will be delivered over two full calendar years. Core modules include: Programming I & II, Computer Networks, Systems Development, Network Switching and Routing, and Advanced Networks. The award is offered through an apprenticeship, which is a new and attractive route to higher qualifications while working.



Software Engineering Higher Level Apprenticeship


This Higher Level Apprenticeship in Software Engineering is a two- year, work-based programme which enables you to ‘earn while you learn’. You need to be employed for over two years in a computing role while studying a minimum of one day a week at College. You will be studying for the Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Software Engineering, validated by Ulster University. You will gain this qualification along with practical skills and relevant work experience in the workplace which will open new career opportunities for you. The Foundation Degree in Software Engineering consists of a number of modules, including: Programming in JAVA and C#, Hardware and Operating Systems, Mathematics, Web Programming, and Database and Systems Development. The award is offered through an apprenticeship, which is a new and attractive route to higher qualifications while working.

More Higher Level Apprenticeships in the Pipeline

Belfast Met is continuing to develop new and exciting courses through the Higher Level Apprenticeship model. For updates, please keep checking our website.