Where will this course lead?

Our Level 2 Diploma teaches those the more advanced side of IT, using databases, programming, games development, website design and getting to grips with computer hardware. If you feel you aren't a complete novice with computers but would benefit from more detailed guidance, then this course is for you.

What will I study?

On this course you will learn the following:
- Website Design,
- Games Development,
- Programming,
- Use of Databases.
- How to present graphical images,
- Understanding of computer hardware,
- Researching and using the Internet,
- Skills for employment,
- Working in the IT industry,
- Money management.

How will this course be delivered?

Students will carry out practical work using computers in the majority of lessons; students will carry out independent work (SOLA) prepared by our experienced tutors across the year to enhance their skills and understanding of computing. Other lessons will involve group, written and research work.

What qualifications will I get?

 Technical Diploma in IT.

How will I be assessed?

To pass this qualification you will produce course work based on Assignments per unit. You will be given scheduled deadlines per assignment and tutors will provide feedback on your course work. You will be tested for English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview depending on your predicted grades and a good reference from your current tutor. You may also be tested for your English, Maths and ICT skills.

What are the entry requirements?

2 GCSE subjects at grade D/3 or above, (one must be English and the other preferably Maths or Science), or Merit/Distinction in a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in IT or an equivalent course. Plus a successful interview with a Course Tutor and a good reference from your current tutor.

What else do I need to know?

You need to bring a pen, notebooks and folders to every lesson. It is expected that you will bring a memory stick to save and back up your work.

Educational trips are part of our course and students will be expected to contribute towards them, this must be paid at enrolment.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

The majority of students who are successful on this course progress to level 3 in IT, Business or other related qualifications. Some students go into work.


Blossomfield Campus

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

Course Code


Study Mode

Full Time

IT Specialist Manager

IT specialist managers plan, organise, manage and coordinate the provision of specialist IT services and functions in an organisation.

What’s Involved?

IT Specialist Managers plan, coordinate and manage the organisation's IT provision or a specialist area of IT activity. They liaise with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs. They also take responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control. They supervise the technical team and coordinate training. They plan and monitor work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved. They report on IT activities to senior management.

Systems Analyst

Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.

What’s Involved?

Systems Analysts liaise with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients' requirements and to define the scope of existing software, hardware and network provision. They undertake feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and present proposals to clients. They communicate the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advise upon the potential introduction of such technology. They also provide advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments. They examine existing business models and flows of data and design functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients' needs. They research, analyse, evaluate and monitor network infrastructure and performance. They work closely with clients to implement new systems.

Website Developer

Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client's specified requirements.

What’s Involved?

Website Developers liaise with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website. They present design options to the client. They also design web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access. They develop the website and applications. They design and develop web interfaces for relational database systems. They establish methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery. They write and publish content for the website. They test website interaction and performance prior to going 'live', and monitor and maintain functionality of the website. They also activate the 'live' website.

Computer Programmer

Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

What’s Involved?

Computer Programmers examine existing software and determine requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs. They undertake feasibility study to design software solutions. They also write and code individual programs according to specifications. They develop user interfaces. They test and correct software programs. They write code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development). They implement and evaluate the software. They also plan and maintain database structures. They write operational documentation and provide subsequent support and training for users.

Telecommunications Engineer

Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.

What’s Involved?

Telecommunications Engineers install internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fit and wire junctions and distribution boxes. They fix connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connect cable terminals to inside wiring. They also install telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes. They use testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and make any necessary repairs. They also test installations and make any further necessary adjustments. They assist with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines. They connect cables and test for any defects. They also locate and repair faults to lines and ancillary equipment. They erect and maintain mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

IT Engineer

IT engineers install, maintain and repair the physical components of computer systems and equipment.

What’s Involved?

IT Engineers install, test and maintain computer-related hardware (processors, memory chips, circuit boards, displays, sensors, data storage devices, printers, etc.) according to given specifications. They diagnose hardware related faults. They also repair or replace defective components. They advise on and install operating soft/firm ware and may carry out upgrades. They also maintain documentation to track and log work in progress and completed.

IT Support Technician

IT user support technicians are responsible for providing technical support, advice and guidance for internal/external users of IT systems and applications, either directly or by telephone, e-mail or other network interaction.

What’s Involved?

IT Support Technicians provide technical support to IT users. They advise users on how to resolve hardware and software problems. They install and upgrade hardware, cables, operating systems and/or appropriate software. They also facilitate user access to systems. They refer more complex or intractable problems to appropriate IT professionals. They research possible solutions in user guides, technical manuals and other documents. They maintain a log of work in progress, calls received, actions taken and problems detected. They also report on commonly occurring queries to detect underlying problems.

Network Technician

IT operations technicians are responsible for the day-to-day running of IT systems and networks including the preparation of back-up systems, and for performing regular checks to ensure the smooth functioning of such systems.

What’s Involved?

Network Technicians administer, monitor and support internal/external networks, servers, emails, databases and security systems. They configure and set up new server systems. They also schedule and perform system maintenance tasks, such as loading user applications, programs and data. They analyse systems and make recommendations to improve performance. They identify problems, agree remedial action and undertake emergency maintenance if required. They perform server backups and recovery operations and restart systems following outages. They also act as a liaison between users, outside suppliers, and other technical teams.

Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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