IT Diploma Level 2

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About the course

This one year course will give you a broad understanding of computing as well as giving you the chance to study some areas of computing in more depth. There are practical aspects to the course which are linked to the world of work. You will also gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you will need to take your studies further. We offer this course at our College Green and South Bristol Skills Academy centres.

The course aims to cover a broad range of IT specialisms, designed to engage you with practical activity and develop technical skills that can be used in industry and at higher course levels.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D including Maths and/or English, a foundation Diploma, NVQ 1 or satisfactory completion of a learning programme at Level 1.

What will I do on this course?

The course has 6 different units which cover both hardware and software aspects of Computing and IT. The units are designed to follow a vocational scenario, which will focus on practical activities. These are:

  • Customer Support Provision
  • Principles of ICT Security and Data Security
  • Imaging Software
  • Install and Configure ICT Equipment and Operating Systems
  • Install, Configure and Maintain Software
  • ICT Repair Centre Procedures

Although the course runs alongside relevant English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop and understanding of contextual language and maths involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available

Who is it for?

This course is for 16 to 18 year old students interested in studying Computing and IT and either wanting to move on to a higher level of study after finishing this course or look for employment in the Computing and IT industry. If you are over 19, you can apply for this course but will have to pay course fees.

If you are interested in Computing and IT, but had very little experience with the subject area then this may be the right start for you. This course has been designed especially for students who want to develop technical skills and knowledge of computing to move on to a higher level of study after finishing this course or look for employment in the Computing and IT industry. You do not need any have any previous IT qualifications to enrol onto this course. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst doing something you really enjoy and build your confidence in working in the broad subject of Computing and IT.

  • School Leavers with below D grades of equivalents
  • Over 19s returning to education (subject to funding - see additional cost below)
How Is this course assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course by assignments that you complete based on clear assignment task sheets and grading criteria. For some units, you may have an end of module test in the form of a controlled assessment. The way you are assessed includes doing practical work to show what you are able to do as well as testing what you know.

What could I do next?

Successful achievement of a level 2 programme can open up all a range of subject areas to you, even if they are not related to Computing & IT. The most common progression from the level 2 Diploma is on to one of our Computing Level 3 programmes:

You can also move onto another level 2 course and explore new areas of the creative sectors, such as Creative Digital Media.

As part of your tutorial aspect on the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.

Additional cost

The course is free to anyone between the age of 16-18. If you are 19-23, there may be funding or concessions available, but this is on a case by case basis. If you are over 24 then the course will not be funded and full fees will apply. Anyone over 19 should contact the college before making an application, so we can provide you with some initial advice and guidance. There is no formal kit list for consumables, but financial support is available through the learner support fund. Applications can be made through the college's Learner Services team.

There is no formal kit list for consumables, but financial support is available through the learner support fund. Applications can be made through the college's Learner Services team.

Interview

The course will require a session, which will aim to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 1 & 2.

The course will require an interview, where you will meet staff and see our facilities. The interview is designed to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 2 & 3.

Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview.

To find out more, please either call: 0117 312 5000 or email: enquiries@cityofbristol.ac.uk

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How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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