Software Development

New Horizons has worldwide experience training users in the skills needed to succeed in the IT industry. This makes them the perfect organisation to deliver a government funded IT apprenticeship programme. The programme is built around industry recognised vendor qualifications giving the apprentices valuable and lasting IT knowledge and skills.


L3 Technical Apprenticeship



Highbury College in partnership with New Horizons has developed this unique vendor-led Level 3 Apprenticeship programme to meet the needs of leading employers in the United Kingdom. Accredited by City & Guilds, students will gain a full Level 3 Apprenticeship award as well as vendor certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft.

Our IT programme turns problem-solvers into skilled PC engineers, network technicians and IT support gurus. Designed to give school and college leavers a strong technical grounding combined with professional mentoring and assessment in the workplace, this is the best start to an IT career.


Diploma in ICT Systems and Principals for IT Professionals

In collaboration with City & Guilds we have designed this vendor led apprenticeship to not only meet the needs of employers but to be stimulating and rewarding for students. Typically students will be required to spend six to eight weeks in training studying for this diploma.

We provide full training and assessing in the following units:

Customer Support
Software Design Fundamentals

Principles of Data
Security & ICT Systems  
Software Testing
• Handle customer queries & complaints
• Investigating customer needs
• Data analysis of customer satisfaction
• Create and conduct a coaching session
based on customer needs

• Principles of software design
• Apply the techniques of software design
• Use tools to express software designs
• Software design and computer programming in the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
• Common types of physical threats to ICT systems & data
• Security vulnerabilities with remote access systems
• Operation of common types of malicious code
• Cryptographic algorithms
• Understanding testing strategies and techniques
• Black box and structural white box testing.
• Manage a test process for a software solution
Drawing and Planning Software
Design Software
Develop Software Using SQL
Web Development
• Input, organise and combine information for drawings or plans
• Use tools and techniques to edit, manipulate, format and present drawings or plans

• Obtain, insert and combine information for designs
• Use design software tools to create, manipulate and edit designs
• Know how to query and display data from a single table
• Query and display data from multiple tables
• Manipulate data in tables
• Create and manage tables, views and indexes
• Control user access
  • Web architectures and components
  • Technologies that can be used to build and operate a website
  • Develop a website specification
  •  Implement elements of a website

Delivery Modalities

Instructor Led Training - traditional classroom based training with an expert tutor and own networked environment for hands-on experience.
Online Live - Online LIVE training provides the same high-quality education, including live lectures, demonstrations and virtual labs, as a traditional classroom training, all while gaining flexibility.
Mentored Learning - Mentored learning gives you an on-demand training method where you determine when to train and for how long. Mentored learning courses can be taken at any New Horizons centre near you, or from any location with an internet connection.

Diploma in ICT Professional Competence

During this part of the apprenticeship students will be assessed whilst working in a full time IT job. Students will apply the knowledge and skills in both supervised and real working environments. Key topics covered are:

Health & Safety in IT

Develop Effectiveness
& Professionalism 

Managing Software Development
Interpersonal & Written
• Carry out formal Health & Safety risk
assessments in the ICT workplace
• Monitor compliance with relevant Health
& Safety procedures in the ICT workplace
• Develop own personal & professional skills
• Work as a member of a team to achieve
defined goals & plans
• Understand Ethical & Legislative
environment relating to ICT activities
• Understand the technical aspects of the software development work of others
• Supervise the technical aspects of the software development work of others
• Send & receive complex information
• Use effective communication
• Provide guidance to colleagues on
how to communicate information effectively
Software Development Fundamentals (MTA)
CIW JavaScript Specialist
CIW Site
Development Foundations
• Core Programming
• Object-Oriented Programming
• General Software Development
• Web Applications
• Desktop Applications
• Databases development

• Understand JavaScript principles
• Understand functional programming using JavaScript
• Understand object oriented programming using JavaScript
• Be able to create a web page
• Understand web site enhancements
• Be able to manage the e-commerce requirements of a website


 Key Features

• Flexible delivery, in-class or online
• Free recruitment service and student screening for employers
• Qualified and high-quality trainers & assessors
• Employers and students receive an exclusive Gold Club Card for 20% off New Horizons
• Supported by the City & Guilds e-portfolio solution
• World-class training centres and resources
• Leading edge seminars and master-classes
• 12-14 month duration with progression to Level 4 apprenticeship programme 

Progression Opportunities

IT Professional
Apprenticeship +
Microsoft MCP 


IT Professional
Apprenticeship +
Microsoft MSCA 


Higher Education
Microsoft MCSE
 Level 3
   Level 4
   Level 5

 Entry Criteria

• 5 GCSEs (C and above) or equivalent including Maths and English
• Passion for IT and Technology 
• Commitment to completion of the programme                                 
• Good and confident communication skills
• Strong work ethic 

Students that do not meet our entry requirements are eligible to apply for our Level 2 Pre-Apprenticeship programme. This exciting 15 week programme will strengthen technical and professional skills as well as raise English and Maths levels.

Learn from the Leaders

Highbury College is Ofsted Grade 1 College, a leader in vocational training. New Horizons is the world’s largest independent IT training company. Over our more than 30-year history, New Horizons has trained over 30 million people worldwide, and transformed thousands of businesses.

To find out more about this exciting programme, contact the team today

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Learn from the Leader

With 300 centres in 70 countries, New Horizons is the world’s largest independent IT training company. Our innovative, award-winning learning methods have revolutionised the way students learn, retain and apply new knowledge. Over our more than 30-year history, New Horizons has trained over 30 million people worldwide, and transformed thousands of businesses. New Horizons is Microsoft’s largest training provider, delivering more than 40% of all authorised Microsoft training worldwide.