Digital Industries Apprenticeships (9648)

Last Updated: 09 Nov 2020

Product code 9648

The level 3 and 4 Digital Industries Apprenticeships are designed for apprentices in looking for a career in specific digital roles. Digital Industries Apprentices will show excellent skills and understanding of their chosen area, as well as the behaviours to deliver strong product and service competence. 

The 4 standards under 9648 are Software Developer Level 4 (9648-71), Network Engineer Level 4 (9648-72), Infrastructure Technician Level 3 (9648-73) and Digital Marketer Level 3 (9648-74).

For more information about the Digital Industries Apprenticeships, view our handy factsheets in the ‘documents’ tab under the ‘Additional documents’ tab.  

Summary of our offer:

1. Our resources for our Digital Industries Apprenticeships will give you the guidance you need to support apprentices through their on-programme learning, build their confidence and competence to ensure a quality learning experience in preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA).  

2. We are on the register of end-point assessment organisations for Digital Industries Apprenticeships.  Our high-quality, rigorous EPA can be delivered at a convenient time for your apprentice.  As part of our EPA service we provide a suite of guidance documents and preparation tools to get your apprentices ready for EPA. 

3. We provide a Virtual Assessment Service (VAS) for organisations that wish to reduce their resource cost and maximise the EPA opportunities for their apprentices. This service is available to those who book the EPA Using VAS for their apprentices. Specific projects have been developed to be used with the VAS and these would be downloaded from Documents area as normal.

Documents are provided under the End-point assessment EPA, Virtual Assessment Service on how to use the virtual platforms offered. They require the apprentice to create or get a login for the platform to be used before undertaking the relevant Synoptic Project that has been developed for the VAS.


City & Guilds has designed innovative and flexible delivery content that will equip apprentices with the competence and confidence to perform their best in assessment. Including;

• Mandatory qualification: On-programme for this apprenticeship is a period of learning, development and assessment structured using mandatory qualifications or relevant Internationally Recognised certificates (as laid out in the Standard and Assessment Plan). Our qualifications are:

• Software Developer – 9628-01 Level 4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies and 9628-02 City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Software Language

• Network Engineer – 9628-03 Level 4 Diploma in Network Principles, 9628-04 Level 4 Diploma in Network Systems and Architecture and 9628-05 Level 4 Diploma in Network Security

• Infrastructure Technician – 9628-06 Level 3 Certificate in Networking and Architecture, 9628-07 Level 3 Award in Mobile and Operating Systems, 9628-08 Level 3 Award in Cloud Services, 9628-09 Level 3 Award in Coding and Logic and 9628-10 Level 3 Award in Business Processes

• Digital Marketer - 9628-11 Level 3 Award in the Principles of Coding, 9628-12 Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Online and Offline Marketing and 9628-13 Level 3 Certificate in Digital Marketing Business Principles

These qualifications were developed to meet the requirements of the respective apprenticeship standards and are based on the Knowledge Modules set out by the Employer Group.

Sample knowledge test: We provide sample of the on-programme knowledge tests to use with apprentices for formative assessment. The pack includes the question paper and answers that are similar in size and requirements to the live papers.

For all standards:
Induction learning content: Extensive content including handouts and e-learning modules meets the mandatory requirements for any apprenticeship programme of learning:

• Health and safety
• Safeguarding and Prevent
• Equality and diversity
• British values

Maths & English: Our Functional Skills qualifications cover the core maths and English requirements for this standard. Our support package, e-Functional Skills is an online teaching and learning platform that guides learners from an initial diagnostic assessment, through to meeting the requirements for this standard.

End-point assessment

EPA product code: Software Developer (9648-71), Network Engineer (9648-72), Infrastructure Technician (9648-73) and Digital Marketer (9648-74).

City & Guilds is open for registrations for EPA for Digital Industries Apprenticeships.

As one of the biggest EPAOs in England, we pride ourselves on our first rate customer service. Our EPA team is on hand to support you every step of the way, guiding you through gateway and ensuring your apprentice has all the tools they need to prepare for the assessment. Our assessment and grading is standardised and all our assessors have industry experience and receive on-going training, so you can trust that we will deliver a fair and robust assessment.

Assessment requirements for these standard are:
• Employer Reference
• Summative Portfolio
• Synoptic Project
• Interview

For further guidance, please refer to our end-point assessment pack. This provides more detail behind the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the standard and the range of content within the standard. The EPA pack includes detailed guidance on grading criteria and suggestions for evidence the apprentice will need to produce for knowledge, skills and behaviours. You’ll find this under the ‘documents’ tab in the ‘End-point assessment EPA’ section.

EPA preparation and gateway guidance for this standard:
Upon registration for EPA, you will have access to a range of support material for the Digital Industries Apprenticeships to help prepare for end-point assessment. This is available on Smartscreen.

• EPA exemplar materials: available for tutors, providing real assessment examples for each assessment type, such as transcripts and model answers. This will help you to prepare apprentices and ensure they feel ready for assessment.

• EPA preparation tool: Our platform guides apprentices through online content to help them feel ready for their EPA experience. User-friendly technology takes the apprentice through a series of questions, to suggest material personalised to their apprenticeship standard and their confidence levels. The content is curated from across the web and covers areas like revision and exam skills, multiple choice test strategies, professional discussion and interview skills. You can watch our short video to learn more.

• Recording forms: supporting you to complete key stages of EPA readiness, we have prepared forms to give you peace of mind and confidence that everything is covered. These packs include a gateway declaration form that is needed during the booking process and assessment forms, if required, that apprentices might need during assessment.

• LIEPA reports: Our lead independent end assessors (LIEPAs) produce an annual report with insight into the EPA results and findings across all centres. These reports can help you refine your apprenticeship delivery to improve success rates.

Click here for our EPA price list.

Apprenticeship certification
As well as receiving their Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) apprenticeship certificate, the apprentice will receive a City & Guilds statement of achievement for end-point assessment.

We are issuing digital credential to learners who have completed this qualification. Please add your learners’ email address during registration. A digital credential cannot be issued without the learner’s email address.

How to register

If you’re an existing City & Guilds centre or interested in becoming a centre, make sure you’ve read our EPA manual and guidance. This will explain the process and all our terms and conditions. Our short ‘how-to’ guides and videos are a great start to help you get to grips with what to expect and how to stay on track when booking EPA and preparing apprentices for assessment. You’ll find these resources in our EPA document library

To use our quality-assured on-programme materials or end-point assessment service there are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need: 

1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.) 

2. Get in touch with Our team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements. 

3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this apprenticeship?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form


9648-73 Infrastructure Technician

End-point assessment EPA