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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!

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Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure Higher Level Apprenticeship


This three-year Higher Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure is a three-year work-based programme which enables you to ‘earn while you learn’. Cyber Security is a fast growing area in IT with a predicted global shortfall of 3.5 million skilled cyber security professionals by 2021.


This course will provide you with skills in the following areas: techniques that are used in the real world for cyber security, network design, installation and administration. This is allied with a significant emphasis on cyber security/ethical hacking, system support, professional development and research skills, such that students are properly prepared for their future. Students will have access to a number of computing labs that are fully equipped with industry standard hardware and software for their use.


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Cloud and Application Development Higher Level Apprenticeship


This Higher Level Apprenticeship in Cloud and Application Development is a three year work-based programme which enables you to ‘earn while you learn’. Software development is one of the leading areas of ICT in Northern Ireland and there a predicted growth in the areas of cloud and application development.

The aim of the course is to provide you with the vocational knowledge and skills necessary for progression to employment in cloud and application development as well as the software engineering industry or to an honours degree at university. This course will provide you with skills in the following areas: Programming, Application Development, Secure Programming, Cloud Fundamentals, Cloud Development, Databases, Data Analytics, Data Visualisation, and research skills, such that students are properly prepared for their future. Students will have access to a number of computing labs that are fully equipped with industry standard hardware and software for their use.

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Civil Engineering Higher Level Apprenticeship


This is a two-year foundation degree offered by Belfast Met in collaboration with Ulster University. This course is designed for people who require a foundation degree to enhance employment prospects, or wish to progress to study for a degree in civil engineering, or are interested in a career in the construction/civil engineering industry.

Modules of study currently include: Civil Engineering Construction, Science and Materials, Engineering Surveying, Mathematics, Structures, CAD, and Geology and Soil Mechanics. The course will be revalidated in 2018. All students will undertake a period of relevant industrial work placement, minimum duration 13 weeks, which will assist in developing a sound understanding of the practical applications of some of the theoretical content. This forms a significant portion of the assessment and will be completed in the second semester of year two.

Successful students can progress to year two of an undergraduate engineering programme. After a further two years of study, students can graduate with an honours degree from Ulster University. Students can also apply for other design/engineering related degree courses at different institutions. Alternatively they may choose to seek full-time employment in the construction or civil engineering industry.

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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.


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.

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.