- Minimum 2 GCSE D (English and Maths) or
- A Pass in a relevant Level 1 qualification and a minimum GCSE Grade E in English
If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 1 programmes
These comprehensive qualifications are ideal for anyone looking for a career in ICT, wishing to improve their professional ability or hoping to progress in their role. The skills you will learn and develop include Network Maintenance, IT Security, and IT Maintenance. The programme can also include office applications, multimedia applications and customer service.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their professional ICT skills and is suitable for academically capable learners and should not be viewed as an easier alternative because you are going to be trained by experienced professionals who have knowledge in the fields you may be interested in. We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education or a job in the IT Sector. You will need to be prepared to attend college 3 days per week and attend work experience.
This qualification comprises two mandatory units and a wide range of optional units selected to meet national occupational standards or specific vendor requirements:
- Web development
You will also have the opportunity to upgrade Maths and English GCSE subjects.
Development of Maths and English
Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects up to the age of 19, as per government requirements.
At Central Bedfordshire College students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.
Students who have achieved GCSE A C Grade in English and Maths will be expected to develop their skills further completing an applied English and/or Maths project.
Employability Skills Development
Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.
Lectures, discussions, independent research, industrial visits and practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
You can progress into higher study at the college:
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT
- Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems Support
Alternatively you could look for work or an Apprenticeship in related fields such as:
- Network Engineer
- ICT Systems Technician
- IT Technical Sales Specialist
- IT Product Developer
Where can I get further support / advice?
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.
If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively seeking employment and can provide evidence that youre in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit- this course may be free!