Where will this course lead?

This is a two year course which leads on to higher education, a degree apprenticeship, a level 4 apprenticeship or into employment.

What will I study?

During the first year you will study:

Unit 1: Communication and Employability skills for IT Practitioners

Unit 2: Computer Systems

Unit 6: Software Design and Development

Unit 7: Organisation systems security

Unit 9: Networks

Unit 28: Website Production

Unit 36: Computer games platforms and Technologies

Unit 10: Communication Technologies

Unit 8: e-commerce

After successfully completing the first year you will study:

Unit 3: Information Systems

Unit 5: Managing Computer networks

Unit 19: Computer Systems Architecture

Unit 12: IT Technical support

Unit 24: Controlling Systems Using IT

Unit 32: Networked Systems security

Unit 13: IT Troubleshooting and repair

Unit 25: Maintaining Computer Systems

Unit 29: Installing and Upgrading Software

How will this course be delivered?

This course consists of practical and theoretical sessions culminating in either assignments or  internal examinations depending on the unit. Employer involvement is an essential part of the course so you will have external speakers who are actively involved in the industry.

What qualifications will I get?

At the end of the course you will have achieved:

- IT General Level 3 Extended Diploma EDEXCEL (Specialising in the Networking and Cyber Security unit pathway)
- Units working towards content related to CISCO Internet of Everything Certificate and CISCO Introduction to Cyber Security Certificate.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by assignments internally set and marked by the College.

How do I get a place on the course?

You can get a place on the course by completing an application form or applying on line for an interview. Applicants are invited for an interview with a member of the School of Computing.

What are the entry requirements?

A PASS or higher at Level 2 OCR Diploma or BTEC extended certificate and English GCSE at grade C/4 or higher and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or higher or 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C) or higher including English and Mathematics.

What else do I need to know?

You will need a data stick, pens, pencils, lined A4 paper and an A4 lever arch file for your work for the examined units.

The course is recognised by industry and higher education and carries UCAS points.

How much will this course cost?

For most students there is no fee for this course. However for students aged 19 or over at the start of the course or who have already completed a Level 3 course previously there is a charge.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

During the first year there are no additional costs apart from supplying a data stick, pens, pencils and lined A4 paper.

What can I do after this course?

This is a two year course which leads on to higher education, a level 4 apprenticeship, a degree apprenticeship or into employment.


Blossomfield Campus

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N/A For 16 to 19 Year Olds

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Full Time