The course is ideal for learners wishing to build a career in IT and prepare them for progression to Level 3. Learners gain a broad range of knowledge and develop skills in software such as Adobe Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver in addition to the in depth use of the Microsoft Office package.
Besides developing the necessary technical skills, learners are required to work collaboratively, exercise and develop their problem solving skills and develop their communication and presentation skills. The examined elements of the course are underpinned by theory sessions that provide learners with the wider understanding of the subject making them fully prepared. Coursework/assignments are set inspired by real-world events and aim to emulate working practices in the industry which will allow learners to realise the importance of working professionally throughout the course.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Units of study include:
Communicating in the IT industry
Working in the IT industry
Installing computer hardware
Installing computer software
Setting up an IT network
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Assessment is through a combination of portfolio work and exams.
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
This one year course provides an excellent foundation for further study or employment. You could progress to the Level 3 ICT Practitioners courses in Software or Hardware at Preston's College. Alternatively you may seek employment as an IT Apprentice or trainee in fields such as PC support, PC repair or web development.
You need four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above including English Language and maths.