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This course will ensure you develop the theoretical and practical skills to progress on to a Level 2 Computing programme, another Level 2 programme or to employment. You will use Microsoft applications such as Powerpoint, Word and Excel as well as developing a web page, graphics and animation skills. You will also develop fundamental life skills, for example being organised, working with others, personal development planning and a requirement to improve your English and maths.

What makes Computing at HRC Special?

  • You will work with employers on work placement to develop your employability and communication skills
  • You will be taught by industry-trained lecturers
  • Develop your English and maths whilst studying a vocational course of your choice
  • A great way to start a career in computing
  • Top of the range equipment and facilities

What do our students say?

"I am happy with the college and the course I am studying, and I feel comfortable with the staff around the college"

"I am really enjoying my course"

What can I do next?

If you achieve at least a Merit and have progressed in both Functional Skills/GCSE, you will be able to progress on to a Level 2 programme. Most learners move on to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT. You could also choose to go into employment or find an apprenticeship.

What will I be doing?

The course gives you the opportunity to achieve three different qualifications: Introductory Diploma in IT, Functional Skills in English and/or maths (GCSE retake for those with an equivalent of a Grade 3/Level 1).

Diploma in IT:

  • Developing digital information
  • Using digital communication technologies
  • Creating a spreadsheet to solve problems
  • Creating a website
  • Creating a digital animated graphic

Plus:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic

Functional Skills:

English and/or maths

Opportunities to retake GCSE English/maths where appropriate

Work Experience:

Minimum of 30 hours

Independent Study:

Up to 72 hours of online learning to develop a portfolio of skills

Added Extras

There will be group and personal tutorials where you will build personal, social and employability skills. You will have the opportunity to go on trips to visit IT working environments.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Methods of assessment vary depending on the unit.

Functional skills/GCSEs will be assessed by coursework and external assessment.

Entry requirements?

You will need to be well motivated and enthusiastic and show a keen interest in computers. You will need to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills to at least Entry Level 3 or equivalent. If you are not sure what level you are currently at you can request to take a diagnostic assessment.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411

What do I need to bring?

You will need a selection of note-taking items, including a notepad and pen plus a memory stick.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31 August 2019.

If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2019, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee-paying new entrant, you will pay approximately £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

Fee-paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional Costs

You will also be required to pay a trip/activity fee of approximately £30 payable on enrolment.

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