Computing & ICT

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 1 Introductory Diploma in IT
  • English and maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

You will cover a broad range of IT skills. You will learn how to use a computer and various software applications, then demonstrate skills by creating digital products. You will also focus on the development of transferable skills necessary for progression to Level 2 BTECs or other study programmes. The course is taught over one year, full time.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

You will also study six sector units:

  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
  • Creating a Website
  • Developing a Computer Program
  • Developing a Digital Product
  • Creating a Digital Animated Graphic

Plus four application units:

  • Wordprocessing Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Website Software

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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?

All units are assessed with course work.

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 IT, have little experience and wish to improve your skills and confidence, or if you wish to develop skills and understanding of working with IT at a higher level and would like to gain a Level 1 qualification in IT.

Progression and Career Opportunities

If you achieve all elements of this qualification you may be able to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in IT (Software Development or System Support). For level 2 IT courses you will need to achieve a merit grade for your level 1 diploma. Or other Level 2 courses. For other Level 2 courses please visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk

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 Standard 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)
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Course Specific Requirements: Standard Level 1 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 2 (E).

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.

You will complete a written skills scan at interview.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There will be a trip arranged during your course and we recommend that all students participate. The approximate cost will be £25 and this amount is payable at enrolment.

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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