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IT Level 1 Diploma
Qualification:
 
Date:
September 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Exams and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
Information Technology & Computing 
Course Code:
CFIIT1 
 
Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at A*-E or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language and Maths
 
 

IT Level 1 Diploma

This course has been designed to help you make those later employment decisions and aid progression to further study by focussing on course themes that will develop your practical and theoretical skills e.g. Business Applications, Multimedia Product Development, Networking and ICT Systems Support.


About the Course

Many activities are in some way affected or influenced by computers. What we once recognised as a computer may now be found in an everyday item like a mobile telephone, a car or a washing machine. 
This course has been designed to help you make those later employment decisions and aid progression to further study in the IT industry by focussing development of your practical skills on what you can do rather than what you know. e.g Solving  Technical Problems, Developing Multimedia Products, Developing a Computer Program, Creating a Website 
There are 4 Core Units that focus on your transferable skills such as research, planning organising and time management applying these skills to specialist IT units.

Topics that will be covered will include, development of a Computer Program, Spreadsheet Modelling, There will be a focus on PCs and you will be able to explore a range of common hardware and software components. You will learn about the different parts of a computer system, how they connect together and fix simple problems.
You can develop skills in website design by taking text, images, video and other resources and crafting them into high quality documents for broadcasting throughout the world via the internet. The software design unit is to prepare you for the creative journey of designing and developing software using industry tools, environments and techniques. 

As part of your course you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities work placement and employer visits.
You may have an opportunity to develop skills in control systems and robotics. This will give you the opportunity to programme and develop your skills in a range of computer controlled systems. This could help build your knowledge if you are looking at further education in robotics or metatronics.


Key Units

The key units you will study on this course are

  • Being Organised 
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others 
  • Researching a Topic 
  • Developing Digital Information Using IT
  • Using Digital Communication Technologies 
  • Creating a Spreadsheets to Solve Problems 
  • Creating a Website 
  • Creating a Computer Program
  • Developing a Digital Product
  • Solving Technical IT problems

You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English or Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C.  




Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-E or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language and Maths


Assessment

The course is assessed through coursework so therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.



Where does this Lead

Progression opportunities to BTEC Extended Diploma Level 2 Information and creative Technology. 


Future Opportunities

Career opportunities include networking technician, help desk support, programmer, systems analyst.


Tell Me More

This course teaches you enough about different software applications in order to be able to choose which tools and techniques are most suitable and use them competently. There will be a focus on PCs and you will be able to explain the use of common hardware components. You will learn about the different parts of a computer system, how they connect together and the capacity and performance of these devices. 

You can develop skills in website design by taking text, images, video and other resources and crafting them into high quality documents for broadcasting throughout the world via the internet. The software design unit is to prepare you for the creative journey of designing and developing software using industry tools, environments and techniques.

As part of enrichment you will develop skills in control systems and robotics. This will give you the opportunity to programme and develop your skills in a range of computer controlled systems. This could help build your knowledge if you are looking at further education in robotics or metatronics.

The Computing Technology department has good facilities and has a specialist networking lab as well as traditional computing sites. Learning takes place within a supportive and friendly environment. There is no expectation that students will have access to a computer at home, although it does help.

You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English or Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade C in both Maths and English).

You are expected to work independently on assignment work away from the college.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and wants to develop the technical skills that are required in the Computing industry.