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Computing and IT

ICT (Digital Skills) - Level 3

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This course is for you if you are planning to study for a career in IT or Computing.

It will develop your core knowledge, skills and understanding of many different aspects of IT and computing, and is designed to meet employer requirements in contemporary IT-related industries and careers.

Units studied on the Foundation Diploma in Year 1 are:

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (Externally assessed via exam)
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information (Externally assessed via exam)
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business (Internally assessed)
  • Unit 4: Programming (Internally Assessed) Additionally, you will complete TWO further internally assessed units (TBC).

NB - Learners enrolled on the smaller Extended Certificate qualification will complete Units 1 - 3, plus ONE further internally assessed unit (TBC).

Units studied on the Extended Diploma in Year 2 are:

  • Unit 9: IT Project Management (Internally assessed)
  • Unit 11: Cyber Security and Incident Management (Externally assessed via exam)
  • Unit 14: IT Service Delivery (Externally assessed via exam) Additionally, you will complete FOUR further internally assessed units (TBC).
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 qualification in both English and maths.

Applicants with full Level 2 vocational qualifications in IT with an overall Merit/Distinction will be considered alongside GCSEs in English and maths grade 4 or above.

NB - Applicants who have not yet achieved either English and maths qualifications at minimum Grade 4 may be considered on a case by case basis. In this case, learners will be enrolled on the Extended Certificate only, and will be required to study English/Maths (as applicable) alongside the main IT course. During the interview, they will also be required to submit a good reference from a recent teacher recommending them for the course.

ASSESSMENT METHOD

You will be assessed through externally examinations and internally assessed portfolio work.

Internally assessed work is assessed by the teaching team, and externally moderated by Pearson.

PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

If you complete the Pearson L3 Extended Certificate in IT in Year 1, in Year 2 you may progress to complete the Pearson L3 Diploma in IT, requiring you to complete a further 4 units.

If you complete the Pearson L3 Foundation Diploma in IT in Year 1, in Year 2 you may progress to complete the Pearson L3 Extended Diploma in IT, requiring you to complete a further 7 units.

Following the completion of the Year 2 course, you may choose to continue your education at HE level, or pursue employment in a range of IT industries.

STUDY METHODS

You will have timetabled classes over two days each week, including a group tutorial with your personal tutor who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

You will learn in dedicated IT studios, equipped with industry standard software packages including the google G-Suite, MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

This course is offered at our Hammersmith & Southall sites.

FEES

If you will be aged 16 to 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your studies and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, your course will be free.

You may be eligible for financial help to support with books, travel, course materials and childcare costs – please click here for more information.

If you will be aged 19 to 23 on 31 August in the year you begin your course and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for fee remission to cover your course fees, depending on your circumstances. For more information on fee remission, please click here.

If you are not eligible for fee remission, or are aged 24 or older, you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees. For more information on Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

You may be eligible for financial help to support with books, travel, course materials and childcare costs – please click here for more information.

HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM
COLLEGE
HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM COLLEGE
HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM COLLEGE
Gliddon Road
Barons Court
London W14 9BL

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EALING GREEN COLLEGE
EALING GREEN COLLEGE
EALING GREEN COLLEGE
The Green
Ealing
London W5 5EW

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SOUTHALL COMMUNITY
COLLEGE
SOUTHALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SOUTHALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Beaconsfield Road
Southall
London UB1 1DP

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