16-18 Year Olds


This course provides an excellent and varied programme giving you access to higher education or to a wide variety of IT-based careers. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in IT and you will apply your learning in a practical and realistic way.

Entry Requirements

For this course, you will need to have achieved one of the following:

* A minimum of 4 GCSE’s Grade A*-C/9-4, ideally to include English Language, Mathematics and IT/Computing/Computer Science

* An equivalent level 2 qualification in IT (e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma) at merit grade or above with at least 90% attendance combined with at least Functional Skills English and Mathematics at level 2 or above

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths, if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above.


You will study a common first year which will enable you to get a good feel for the various elements of computing. At the end of the first year, you will be offered a choice of pathways for your second year of study. This allows you to spend the second year completing units that are more to your personal tastes and will help you to tailor your experiences and CV.

Units (subject to change)

Year 1
* Communication & Employability Skills for IT
* Computer Systems
* Information Systems
* Communication Technologies
* IT Technical Support
* IT Systems Troubleshooting & Repair
* Client Side Customisation of Web Pages
* Maintaining Computer Systems
* Digital Graphics

Year 2 – Hardware & Networking Pathway
* Organisational Systems Security
* Event Driven Programming
* Database Design
* Computer Networks
* Managing Networks
* Networked Systems Security
* Installing & Upgrading Software
* Web Server Scripting
* Website Production

Year 2 – Software Development Pathway
* Organisational Systems Security
* Event Driven Programming
* Database Design
* Object Oriented Programming
* Developing Computer Games
* 3D Modelling
* Human Computer Interaction
* Web Server Scripting
* Systems Analysis & Design


All units are assessed internally through scheduled assignment work. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and an overall course grade is awarded based on the number of passes, merits and distinctions achieved over the duration of the course.

GCSE English and maths qualifications are assessed through external exams and portfolio work

Awarding body



On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
* Apply to study on a higher education course such as a BTEC Higher National or a BSc degree in a computing-related subject
* Seek an apprenticeship or pursue career opportunities across the computing industry

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

You will need to undertake work experience as part of the course and you will also have the opportunity to take part in educational and industrial visits. Possible visits may include the National Science and Media Museum, WorldSkills UK LIVE and other IT-related enterprise or University/UCAS events. These are subject to change and may incur a small cost which will be discussed at interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

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