Why Should You Take This Course?
Computing and ICT are exciting fields of study where the potential of future employment and the possibility to advance studies to a very high level are equally high. This course is intended as a basic, but comprehensive introduction to the study of ICT and Computing and supports progression to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily limited to ICT.
You will study at least four units during the two year programme, including Information Technology Systems; Creating Systems to Manage Information; Using Social Media in Business; and Website Development.
In the first year of the course, you will explore the theory and practice surrounding Information Technology Systems and Creating Systems to Manage Information. You will gain an insight into how computing systems are developing in the real world of Business, Technology and Creative Media.
In your second year, you will further build on your learning from the first year, undertaking projects such as implementing Social Media Strategies and Designing and Building Advanced, Data Driven Websites.
You will also be given the opportunity to undertake work experience in a related field; applying your experience to your learning and projects.
How will I be assessed?
There are three mandatory units, two of which are assessed via an external examination, typically timetabled for February and May each year. The remaining units are coursework based, centre assessed, and externally moderated and verified. Candidates must be committed to complete their coursework to the deadlines set by the course tutors and endeavour to complete all coursework to the highest standard on the first submission.
Are there any special expenses?
A printing allowance will be given to each student which should cover the cost of printing homework. A variety of educational trips and visits will also be available to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the course and related workplace. We endeavour to ensure that the costs of such visits are moderate and inclusive for all.
What could I do next?
Completion of the course is equivalent to one A Level. The qualification carries equivalent UCAS points and you could therefore use your qualifications to access further study of an ICT or Computing HE degree, to access Level 3 workplace apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships or even to enter employment in the industry immediately upon leaving the college.