If you are a highly motivated learner who wants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a competent ICT user - this course is for you!
The technical qualification is more practical than a traditional A-level and the skills acquired will support further study towards either a creative or technical route in IT.
To be successful on this course you must be able to work independently and to deadlines.
Units of study
This 5 unit Introductory Diploma is equivalent to one A-level and is studied over two years.
This creative approach to IT can be studied in conjunction with other courses offered by the college. The qualification provides an opportunity to specialise in a creative media route as well as a technical route. The 2 year course will cover the following units:
- Fundamentals of IT
- Global Information
- Data Analysis and Design
- Project Development
- Social Media and Digital Marketing
Methods of Teaching and Learning
The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff, the majority of whom have an ICT and Business background. You will learn by completing project and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.
Methods of Assessment
You will learn through case studies, group work and presentations before completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, which are centre assessed. This will form 50% of the assessment for this course. The other 50% will be through external assessment.
The college has an excellent network of up-to-date computers and the department has access to five dedicated IT/Computing teaching rooms. There is also a range of computing facilities available outside of lessons.
Facilities include popular office software, professional web development and graphics programmes, colour printing, scanners, internet access, overhead digital projectors and interactive whiteboards. We also use video cameras, digital cameras and sound equipment.
The Technical Level 3 IT Diploma qualifies for the same UCAS points as the traditional A-level. Past students who have completed this qualification alongside other A-levels have been able to move on to work, Degrees/HNDs and Higher Apprenticeships in related subjects such as:
- ICT and Business
- Information Systems
- Software Engineering and Support
- Multimedia Technology
During the course you will be charged for printing and there are also costs incurred when privately buying reliable storage devices to back up your electronic files. In addition, a number of visits may be arranged which may require you to make a contribution towards travelling costs.
College students talk about studying ICT
A one day conference - 'Your Future in a Digital World' - will take place in the autumn term, mandatory for all students. It will feature insights from local industry professionals in areas including digital design, web development, cyber security new media marketing.