Computing & ICT

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT
  • English and/or maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

This course primarily covers PC systems and will give the student knowledge and an understanding of computer systems and networks and their end users. There is a mixture of practical and theoretical work.

There are two core units you will study, plus additional units. All units are internally marked and comprise both theory and practical elements from the completion of set tasks.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Communicating in the IT Industry
  • Working in the IT Industry

Specialist Units:

  • Computer Systems
  • Software Installation and Upgrade
  • Technical Fault Diagnosis and Remedy
  • Installing Computer Hardware
  • Setting up an IT network

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

  • Units are internally assessed
  • Units are externally moderated through assignments
  • All units are assessed with course work which is graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded
  • Grades awarded will be either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in developing skills in PC systems support and knowledge and understanding of computer systems and networks and their end users and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in IT.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you may want to consider progressing onto one of the following courses offer at Northampton College:

  • OCR Level 3 Introductory Diploma in IT (Application Developer)
  • OCR Level 3 Introductory Diploma in IT (Infrastructure Technician)

To progress onto either of the courses above you need to achieve a Merit Grade and GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 3 (D) or above.

With further training or study, students go into careers such as:

  • Technical Support Technician
  • Junior Help Desk Person

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs – mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent to 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Trips - approximately £35 and this is payable at enrolment in September. You will be informed of exact costs in your induction packs which will be posted out to you in August.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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