You will complete 12 units in total (120 credits). The course provides you with an advanced level of understanding of the IT industry and the key functions required of someone wishing to take their career into this varied industry. You will be developing your skills in hardware and networking as well as software applications for a broad foundation in a range of sub skills and specialisms.
As well as studying mandatory core units, and the basics of networks and hardware systems, you will learn to create a website using different coding languages; design digital graphics and animation; create design a database and use spreadsheets for a variety of applications for IT in the workplace.
You will learn how to present and communicate your work as you would do in the workplace. Each unit will develop your IT skills, competence and confidence in the following key areas:
• Computer systems and networks
• Information systems
• Data analysis and database design
• System security
• Website design and production
• Communication and employability skills
You should have four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, or a Level 2 IT qualification with a pass or in a relevant subject and an interview. During the course you will have the opportunity to attend GCSE Maths and English classes and resit the exams if you have not already passed these.
With this two-year national diploma, you could progress on to a university level foundation degree course in IT or Computer Science or our higher education degree course in Computer Science at South and City College Birmingham. Alternatively, you will be able to take advantage of a range of employment opportunities in the IT or business sectors and focus on a range of disciplines, from networking to e-commerce.