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Computer Systems and Network Support BTEC Level 3 at Shipley College

Course description

On this popular course, you learn new ICT and Networking concepts and gain practical hands-on skills. You will develop your understanding of the technical specifications involved in a wide range of computer components and network devices.

You build and upgrade a PC, install software, troubleshoot and set up secure computer networks. You also gain vital work experience through the Centre of Excellence for Business to enhance both your knowledge and your CV.

Course content

This course is designed for students who have a flair for studies in computing and IT. The course will provide students with a range of skills that may include knowledge of Database and Systems Analysis, spreadsheets, Management Information Systems, Operating Systems, Computer hardware and architectures, Network hardware and architectures, Computer communications, Website design and management, HTML and Scripting Languages.

Units you may study include:

  • Communications Technologies
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • E-Commerce
  • Information Systems
  • IT Systems Troubleshooting & Repairs
  • IT Technical Support Learners will also study Functional Skills at a suitable level in English, maths and ICT. Functional skills help to make students more employable and improveCVs or personal statements.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4), including English and maths. If you don’t have grade C (5-4) in both subjects, the minimum for the other is grade D (3).


  • a full Level 2 at PP grade or above with maths and English grades equivalent to those stated above*
  • You will need a keen interest in Computer Networking and Systems Support.

* Students with grade D (3) in either English or maths will be expected to re take that subject in Year 1


The coursework is assessed internally and market at Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. All of the work for the vocational units is portfolio or presentation based assessment.

There are no exams on this course, learners are assessed by building a portfolio of course work.

You may also need to take GCSE or functional skills English and maths depending on your grade profile. These will require learners to take end of year externally set tests.

Financial information

Learners are expected to provide their ownstationery and ideally a USB to save their work. There is a course text book that the college can order and the learners can purchase at a discounted price.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course, you may progress in to Higher Education. Alternatively, move on to a professional career in areas such as IT Systems Support and Help Desk, Network Administration, System Design Engineering or IT Retail industry.

Further information

Learners will come into college 16 hours per week. Some time is needed to be spent on homework and assignments at home that are set by the tutor.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shipley College directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
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