The IT Development course is a one-year programme designed for learners to develop on their experience and underpinning knowledge in a variety of Computing areas. It is equivalent to four GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4/A*- C.
You'll need four GCSEs at Grade 4/D or above, including English or Maths, or an appropriate Level 1 qualification and an appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy.
This qualification offers you a range of multidisciplinary units covering not only the core topic of IT but also business and admin. The course meets local IT employer demands.
You will study a variety of 11 units and complete projects and exams.
The units offered are:
Improving Productivity Using IT
Set Up an IT System
IT User Fundamentals
Optimise IT System Performance
IT Security for Users
Using Mobile IT Devices
Using the Internet
Computing students get involved in a range of varied activities as part of their course, from organising gameathons to creating and editing their own magazine. The course offers trips to Disneyland Paris, residential trips to London as well as amusement parks. Successful learners are also recognised for their hard work at a special departmental award ceremony at the end of the year.
Projects and exams are based on real life work situations using a variety of software and transferable skills that you would then be able to apply in future employment. Grades for each unit are awarded according to a grading scale of Fail, Pass, Credit/Merit and Distinction.
This course offers a clear progression route to a Level 3 course in Computing or to an Apprenticeship.
Potential early career options as a result of completing this course may include:
Assistant application specialist
Social media/digital marketing assistant
Web development assistant
Software help desk assistant
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*