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Overview

IT support is vital to ensuring that organisation's digital products, services and systems work effectively and they need a talented workforce with the technical skills to maintain this and compete in today’s rapidly changing digital landcape.

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers in the IT sector and will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to give you the best opportunity to be successful in applying for work.

This course will be delivered through blended learning, a combination of you studying online and attending college for workshops and face-to-face delivery in small groups.

Course description

This qualification is for learners who want to start a career in digital technology. It is an ideal qualification for learners intending to progress directly to employment in digital technology, IT or to an IT apprenticeship or further technical study at Level 3.

All the content of the qualification is mandatory and relates directly to the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected by employers in the IT sector.

In this qualification, there are two external assessments, which take the form of a task that allows learners to apply their skills and knowledge in context to a realistic work-based activity, and an onscreen test that includes a variety of onscreen question types that allows learners to apply their knowledge to several work-related contexts.

Units 1, 2, 6 and 9 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment allows learners to apply technical knowledge and demonstrate mastery of practical and technical skills through realistic tasks and activities.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

Because employers and industry bodies have helped design this qualification, you will have the content and to prepare for your next step within the IT field:

Unit 1: Set Up and Configure Technology Systems Unit 9: Organisational Data Systems Unit 2: Exploring Current and Emerging Technologies Unit 3: Security Protection and Risk Management Unit 5: IT Service Solutions Unit 6: Database Tools and Techniques

Because employers and industry bodies have helped design this qualification, you will have the content and skills development steps to prepare for your next step within the IT field:

Step 1 Build your knowledge *Cover vital industry knowledge employers say learners need within mandatory units and specialist subject specific units -

  • Draw on and apply all your learning to a real-life situation in the synoptic final project. Step 2 Master skills
  • Focus on developing competency in key sector skills. Step 3 Learn from professionals
  • Explore essential professional behaviours for the workplace.
  • Have plenty of opportunities to engage with local employers, workplace-based activities, guest lectures and have IT specialist tutors setting and marking assignments. Step 4 Apply in practice
  • Showcase what you know and can do in different types of assessments based on real-life scenarios.
  • Have evidence of applying what you know to tasks you’ll tackle every day in your chosen career.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 September | 2020/21 £900.00 1 Academic Year(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ September | 2020/21 Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic Year(s) In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

UCAS Application Information

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