About the course
This course is for learners seeking a nationally recognised qualification in Information and Creative Technology.
It is a good general introduction to computing and provides the basic skills required to progress into a wide range of courses and pathways
The course is designed to provide the learner with a broad based experience across the range of IT disciplines. It introduces professional skills and personal development to learners in an effort to give them the widest possible opportunity within the computing industry.
A range of GCSE passes grade D/E or above (to include Mathematics and English at the minimum of Grade 3), or an equivalent qualification.
Current WSC learners with an appropriate Level 1 qualification and both GCSE Mathematics and English at the minimum of Grade 3.
Applicants also need to have an interest in and an aptitude for computing.
The College offers a wide range of Level 2 qualifications. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate qualification programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success.
Upon the completion of this course to the required standards (including passing the relevant exams), learners will achieve a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Information Technology (equivalent to two GCSE's).
What you'll learn (core modules)
This is a one year full-time course, which covers a range of ICT Industry subjects including:
- The Online World
- Technology Systems
- A Digital Portfolio
- Mobile Apps Development
- Database Development
- Computer Networks
- Website Development
- Multimedia Products Development
During the course, learners will undertake a range of practical and theory projects in our purpose built and well equipped computer rooms. The design of the course encourages learners to take a hands-on practical engagement with the systems and processes associated to ICT.
Assessment will be a combination of written reports, practical work and online exams (2 modules are externally examined)
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
During the course learners will develop a wide range of computing and IT skills including Database design, Website development and Networking.
There is a growing skills shortage in the computing and IT industries, not just in this country but globally. With the completion of the course, your skills and qualifications will provide real viable future opportunities for further studies or apprenticeships.
There are wide range of careers available in computing that offer exciting challenges and opportunities all over the world, computer scientists are in demand and their salaries reflect this!
During the each year of the course learners with take part in at least 40 hours of work experience. This will build on the skills developed in the classroom, give an insight into professional practices within the industry and will provide valuable evidence experience for a learners CV and skills portfolio. The work experience is also a great opportunity to develop contacts with potential future employers in the IT sector.
Studying computing at West Suffolk College will also encourage learners to build upon the key character strengths that will contribute to their success in future study and employment. Activities built into the course will help learners to develop Self-control; Optimism; Confidence; Curiosity; Ownership; Resilience; Respect and Ambition.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be through a combination of written assessments, practical work, professional discussions and two mandatory online external exams.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
The course is delivered at the West Suffolk College's main campus that benefits from a wealth of learning and support facilities.
The computing department has a number of well-equipped, bespoke computing suites, including two networking labs. The recently upgraded PCs in our classrooms are of a high specification, capable of running the advanced development software and industry standard software used by our students.
Where will the course take me?
Depending on the grade achieved on completion of the course, learners can progress onto either the IT Practitioners Extended Diploma Level 3, the Access to HE Computing Level 3, or, apply for a level 3 Apprenticeship.
Of the students who completed this course last year 78% continued with Further Education within West Suffolk College
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Learners on this course will be required to purchase the ICT level 2 exam revision workbook and the level 2 exam revision guide.
To help with studies and to improve grades, learners are also encouraged to purchase the Level 2 ICT course book (details supplied when you join the course).
Stationery (notepad, pen/pencil and ruler) and a storage device (memory stick). A home computer is not required but would be helpful to work at home.
How much will it cost?
There is a £30 enrolment fee due at the start of the course which includes essential study materials and educational trips.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Complete the online application and you will be invited to attend and interview for the course, when you will be able to view the facilities, meet some of the lecturers and ask questions.
Open events are available throughout the year giving you the opportunity to discuss the content of the courses available with a member of our friending School of Computing team. Information on the Open Event dates are available on the West Suffolk College home page.
Days & times
Starting September 2020