IT Level 3 at Sheffield College
This is a two year full time course
About the course
This course has been designed to help you make those later employment decisions by focussing on course themes that will develop your practical and theoretical skills for Business, Software Development, Networking and ICT Systems Support.
On this course you will learn how to set up, use, customise and maintain a computer system or systems. You will need to understand the components that make up a computer system examining how computers work through a range of practical activities and knowledge based lessons. You will learn how to develop business applications for end users using databases and spread sheets as well as writing computer programmes. You will learn how networks operate and through the use of Microsoft products set up and manage them. Students will also develop skills in graphic design and web site creation.
IT practitioners will need to become skilled manipulators and users of information to ensure that organisations become more efficient and succeed in achieving their aims and objectives.
As part of the course you will plan and implement an IT project. The constantly changing IT environment requires IT practitioners to be routinely involved in projects that involve the introduction of new systems or redevelopment of old systems. The project will help you develop skills that will be useful in the work place.
As part of enrichment you will develop skills in control systems and robotics. This will give you the opportunity to programme and develop your skills in a range of computer controlled systems. This could help build your knowledge if you are looking at further education in robotics or metatronics.
In addition to the content above, specialist modules are used to extend and further develop technical understanding and application. Approximately 10% is externally tested 30% of the course is theory and contextual work and 60% is practical.
You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE English or maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both maths and English).
The Computing Technology department has good facilities and has a specialist networking lab as well as traditional computing sites. There is no expectation that students will have access to a computer at home, although it does help. You are expected to work independently on assignment work away from the college.
As part of your course you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and wants to develop the technical skills that are required in the IT industry.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology
This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 2 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology
This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.
What students say about this course.
“very demanding but enjoyable”
“Really helped when I got to university made my first year easy as revision”
“Need to be 100% focused to enable you to achieve good grades.”
5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.
The course is assessed by coursework and some exams you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead?
The next step could be onto a university course, degree or Foundation Degree as successful completion of this course carries UCAS points for entry into university.
You can progress straight into employment. If you are successful you could work in sectors such as the growing computer games industry, product development, technical support, technical sales, telecommunications and hardware engineering. Jobs could include systems analyst, network manager, and IT technical sales specialist.
How to apply
School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other applicants can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.