A good understanding of IT technologies is essential for IT professionals and this course will provide you with a solid foundation by covering a broad range of IT and creative media skills. You will learn how to use a computer and various software applications, and then demonstrate the skills you have learnt by creating digital products such as websites, animations and interactive presentations. You will also focus on the development of transferable skills necessary for progression to Level 2 or other study programmes.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Being Organised
- Developing a Personal Progression Plan
- Working with Others
- Researching a Topic
You will also study six vocational units:
- Designing an Interactive Presentation
- Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
- Creating a Website
- Developing Digital Information Using IT
- Communicating with Customers
- Creating an Animation
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
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 .
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.
You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:
- The concepts and fundamentals of data, including searching, storing, integrating and organising data
- The main features and benefits of digital information systems and how these are used to maintain information and to support organisations and best working practices
- The principles of organisational information security governance and the components of an organisation's cyber security technical infrastructure including hardware, operating systems, networks, software and cloud.
You will have the ability to:
Install and configure basic hardware system components, networks and devices
Write code following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards
- Follow information security procedures.
What is required?
- Manage own time to meet deadlines and Manage stakeholder expectations
- Work independently and take responsibility for own actions within a given job role
- Work with a range of internal and external customers.
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 pass grade for your level 1 diploma.
Entry Requirements for new students
Four GCSEs at Grade 2 [E] or above or successful completion of a Foundation Programme including English and Maths at Entry Level 2
We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.