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:
- Communicating in the IT Industry
- Working in the IT Industry
- 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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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:
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
|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.
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.