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Information and Creative Technology Extended Certificate Level 2 (CMP1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This qualification gives you the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of IT subjects. This includes studying how IT is used to communicate within businesses, the career opportunities available in the IT industry, how businesses use spreadsheets and databases and how to present information effectively. You will study:

• Computer systems

• Spreadsheet modelling

• Web page creation




Course content

This course is suitable if you are

seeking a career within the IT industry

or progress onto further study.

This course allows you to learn about

different technologies and the types

of IT. It will give you an overview of

how IT and Computing Systems can be

merged and work together to produce

benefits for companies and individuals.

Course themes:

• The Online World

• Database Development

• Installing and Maintaining Hardware

• Technology Systems

• Computer Networks

• Installing and maintaining Software

• A Digital Portfolio

• Developing Spreadsheets

Entry requirements

 2 GCSEs at Grade 9-3 plus GCSE English Language at Grade 9-3

plus Successful completion of a skills test


Courses may be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical or examination. For up to date information please visit

Financial information

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

Employment - This course can form the foundations for future work as an IT Technician, Analyst and other related positions.

Education - You could continue with higher level qualifications such as the Extended Diploma in IT.

Further information


We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: 01226 216 123


Our Information Advisers visit schools and provide impartial information about training and education options for school leavers. They can help with:

• Applying for courses

• Arranging taster days and visits to College

• Information about course requirements

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.

Last updated date: 23 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: CMP1
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