IT Users BTEC Diploma (ITQ) Level 1





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About the course

Do you want to start planning for a career in IT but you're not sure where to start? Do you enjoy working with and learning about computers? On this course, you will develop your ICT skills and build towards a career in IT.

We offer this course at our College Green City Centre Campus.

Entry Requirements

Level 1 courses are predominantly for those who have little or no GCSEs. We accept a range of qualifications which ideally should include at least 3 GCSEs at grade E/2 or above, including English and Maths (or equivalent) or successful completion of an Entry Level 3 vocational qualification.

  • School Leavers with below E/2 grades or equivalents
  • Over 19s returning to education (subject to funding - see in additional costs)
What will I do on this course?

Through short unit based assignments you will develop your professional IT skills and create a portfolio of work. The course aims to cover a range of IT areas and is designed to engage you with both realistic and interesting activities. You will also develop other valuable skills that can be useful in the IT industry and the workplace. 

Units undertaken on this course:

Being Organised

Developing a Personal Progression Plan

Working with Others

Researching a Topic

Developing Digital Information Using IT  

Using Digital Communication Technologies  

Solving Technical IT Problems

Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems

Creating a Website

Creating a Computer Program

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 an industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed especially for 16-18 year olds who want to develop professional IT skills but for a variety of reasons have had limited or no success at GCSE. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst doing something you really enjoy.

It will give you the ability to work practically and on work based scenarios that allow you to engage with the subject and explore different aspects of IT.

How Is this course assessed?

You will be assessed through regular portfolio assessment throughout the year, by which you will always know how you are progressing on course and given many opportunities to improve your performance. There will also be assessments in English and maths at a level appropriate to you, taken in small groups in classrooms.

What could I do next?

The majority of learners will progress onto the level 2 IT Diploma, but some will look to go into Business Admin or General Business level 2 programmes.

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 19 or over 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.


You will need an interview for this course to discuss your intended progression and aspirations. We will ensure that at interview you have a chance to ask questions about the course, as well as what the course can give you.

The course will require an interview, 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.

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.

We aim to give you clear and impartial advice and guidance and ensure that you have an offer with us, plus you'll get a chance to meet staff and see the facilities.

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:



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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