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 Digital Technologies and provides the basic skills required to progress into a wide range of courses and pathways including software development, IT Support and eSports.
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 3/4 or above (to include Mathematics or English at the minimum of Grade 4), or an equivalent qualification.
Current WSC learners with an appropriate Level 1 qualification and either GCSE Mathematics and English at the minimum of Grade 4.
Applicants also need to have an interest in and an aptitude for Digital Technologies.
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 Certificate in Information Technology (equivalent to two GCSEs).
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
Additional units may include:
- Mobile Apps Development
- Database Development
- Computer Networks
- Website Development
- Multimedia Products Development
- Software Development
- Creating Digital Graphics
- Creating Digital Video
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 Digital Technology skills including Networking, software development and Digital graphics.
There is a growing skills shortage in the Digital Technologies industry, 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 Digital Technologies 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 Digital Technologies department has a number of well-equipped, bespoke computing suites, including two networking labs, a software lab and an esports lab. 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.
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.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Complete the online application and you will be invited to attend an 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 friendly Digital Technologies team.
Days & times
Starting September 2023