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IT & Computing

This level 1 qualification is all about gaining good IT skills and make you more employable. These skills will enable you to work effectively and productively when you get a job. They will also help you to progress on to a higher level course in Information Technology (IT). If you enjoy using computers then you will be able to use this enthusiasm as well as your own knowledge and skills to the content of the course.The course work that you will do is all based on work-related scenarios. This means you will be able to make the connection between what you learn at College and how you will use this skills and knowledge in the workplace.The units we offer will help you to make the important next-step decision and will support your progression to a more specialised level 2 vocational or academic computing course or to an Information Technology Apprenticeship or job.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs E-F or Grade 2 (in 2017 GCSEs - Relevant entry level qualification - Relevant industry experience to level 1 or above. When you are accepted onto this course you will also be given the opportunity to develop your skills in English and Maths. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

    Assessment Method

    Students are assessed through practical assignments.

    Aims of the course

    The course aims to give you the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of Information Technology. You will also focus on the skills you will need as you prepare for employment.

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress to a more specialised level 2 vocational or academic computing course or to an Information Technology Apprenticeship or job.


    We have a wide range of computer rooms and labs where you will learn a range of skills.

    Career Options

    This course gives you the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries. Junior job roles include: - General office work - Software Engineer - Website Content Manager - Help Desk Support - Graphic Designer. What can I earn in the digital skills sector? When you're deciding what to study post-16 it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you choose to study for a digital skills qualification you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression and an excellent salary in your sights. For example IT Project Managers start on around £29 000 a year and an earn £49 000 with 3-5 years' experience. IT User Support Technicians start on around £22 000 a year and can earn £33 000 with 3-5 years' experience. Website Developers start on around £18 000 and can earn £32 000 with 3-5 years' experience. If you're interested in a career in digital skills we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Thanks to our excellent links with companies like Cisco Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers students benefit from valuable work experience and are taught by staff with extensive industry experience.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 35 weeks
Start Date 02/09/2024
End Date 27/06/2025
Course Code 4ITCW9S0


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19-24 £ 633
24+ Please Enquire
International £9,000
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