Computing & IT
Fee Information

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. The Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner pathway will develop your understanding and skills to enable you to access a range of roles in a variety of sector settings, and focuses on the use and development of virtual and augmented reality as well as emerging technologies for application across a range of sectors including mobile technology, digital marketing and the visualisation of big Data.

Learners will take eleven units over 2 years, made up of four mandatory;

  • Fundamentals of IT;
  • Global information;
  • Cyber security;
  • Virtual and augmented reality.

The first two units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector, as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, as well as the important legal and security considerations. Cyber security reflects an important development in the sector around information security, and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and how the IT sector should respond to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. For Virtual and augmented reality, learners will research and design both a Virtual and Augmented Reality resource and suggest future applications for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

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.

Entry Requirements

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 complete all the year 1 units in order to progress onto the second year of the course.

Assessment Method

This qualification contains externally examined and internally assessed units. Three units will be assessed through external examination and the rest of the units will be assessed through project work, written assignments, presentations and observations.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification will have a range of options. Progression from this Level 3 technical qualification is designed to be into work. Typical job roles within the Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner pathway include:

  • Junior digital content developer,
  • 3D graphics technician or
  • Virtual Reality software technician.

Learners would also have an opportunity for further study either through University or through professional qualifications from a number of training providers.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and IT labs with the latest software and equipment including Adobe Suite software along with 3D modelling software and top of the range Virtual Augmented Reality equipment.

You will have 13 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 learning where appropriate.

Enrolment

We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol