Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is for you if you are planning a career in IT or Computing. It will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of many different aspects of IT and computing including networking, application development and web design. In addition to the core modules of Communication & Employability Skills, Computer Systems & Information Systems, other units studied will vary according to the pathway followed. The pathways and units on offer at each campus will vary.
Network & System Support Pathway, offered at the Southall campus, will include, amongst many others, units on:
- Managing Networks,
- IT Technical Support,
- IT Systems Trouble Shooting & Repair and
- Installing and upgrading Software.
Digital Creativity and Application Development pathways at the other campuses will include units on:
- Web Design & Web Development;
- Web Server scripting;
- Client Side Customisation of Web Pages;
- Digital Graphics & Web Animation;
- Software Design & Development;
- Developing Computer Games;
- Object Oriented Programming;
- Event Driven Programming.
All students will be placed on the 90 credit Diploma in year 1. Upon successful completion of year 1, students can progress to year 2 to gain the full Extended Diploma. The study programme will include study skills where you will complete modules such as Word and Excel to gain the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification. You will also have the opportunity to take part in work experience for a week, which will enable you to develop your employability skills further.
For the 90 credit Diploma - 4 GCSEs grade A - C, including English and Maths. Students with full level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade A - C including GCSE English and Maths, and a good reference.
You will need to pass all units from the 90 Credit Diploma in the first year in order to progress to year 2 for the full Extended Diploma.
You will be assessed through project work, written assignments, in class tests, presentations and observations.
You can get jobs in a range of IT fields from software development, web design and development or networking and user support. BTEC level 3 courses attract UCAS points: The 90 credit is equivalent to 1.5 A levels, The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms and IT labs with the latest software and equipment including Adobe Suite software. You will have, on average, up to 16 hours of timetabled classes each week including a group tutorial with your personal tutor, who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.
As part of the course employer visits and guest speakers will be arranged to enhance and contextualise your learning.
This course is offered at our Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing Green and Southall Community Colleges.