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From personal computers to smart phones, computing devices are an essential feature of the modern world. Technology may be changing every day, but the knowledge and understanding of how to use computers effectively is the same regardless of the technology being used. This new and exciting full time study programme is designed for you if you are interested in the Information Technology sector as a career choice, but as yet are uncertain about which pathway to follow. You will be able to progress onto Level 2 programmes when you complete the course, and develop a wide range of skills suitable for working in any area of the IT industry.
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You will study:
Solving Technical IT Problems
Computers play an important role in almost everything we do. If your computer or another digital
device stops working, it can have an impact on your day-to-day life and leave you with having to
pay to put it right. If you have technical support skills, you should be able to quickly resolve
In this unit, you will explore a range of computer external hardware and software so that you
can develop and apply practical skills to solve IT problems. You will explore different features of
external hardware and software and identify how they can be used and modified to meet users’
needs. You will learn how to identify and fix an IT problem for another person and will develop
your communication skills when dealing with the problem.
Creating a Website
How often do you use a website? Have you ever wondered how they are made? Websites have
many purposes such as to promote an event, advertise products or services and provide
In this unit, you will explore different types of websites for a specific audience and purpose. You
will learn how to design a website for an audience and purpose and will develop skills to create an
appropriate layout. You will use tools and techniques to add functionality, like navigation buttons
and linking pages, so that the website is appealing and easy to use.
Creating a Computer Programme
Have you ever wondered how computer programmes work when you use them? Computer programmes
contain sets of instructions (code) that are created by a programmer to solve a specific problem.
A programmer will use specific tools to write the code to instruct the computer on what to do when
someone uses it.
In this unit, you will learn how to write a simple computer programme using graphical tools for an
intended purpose. For example, to calculate the total in a bill or to create a simple computer game
Your study programme
A study programme is more than a qualification; it includes all the ingredients to make you the best you can be, to give you an edge in the jobs market or if you’re moving into further study. It is personal to you and is made up of a range of activity. The majority of time will be spent on the qualification you choose to study and will be a mix of practical work and theory, all shaped around the technical skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. The rest of your time will be spent in English and maths, work experience, tutorials and reviews along with a range of other activities designed to boost your CV in some way.
Along with this you will be part of an employer engagement scheme where you will work with employers from local businesses to help improve your skills further. The possibilities with this scheme are endless, students have been given real-life projects to work on, visited the employers at work and been given opportunities to showcase their work. This scheme, along with our tutorial programme will help you become work ready as well as preparing you for the outside world with training on money management, help with job hunting, interviews and confidence building.
We want you to be job ready when you leave us and able to put what you have learnt into practice in the workplace. Relevant and high quality work experience placements, employer mentoring, commercial and vocational projects will help you to do this and are an important part of your study programme. Plus make an impression on an employer and who knows where that could lead!
Fast-track to an apprenticeship
You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.
About our teachers
Our teachers are ambitious, talented and passionate about making your experience at college the very best it can be. They have up to date industry experience to share with you and the energy and enthusiasm to help you to get where you need to be.