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IT Users BTEC Certificate Entry Level at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

This course will enable you to develop your IT skills for work by taking part in practical activities and projects.

You will also study English and maths and gain employability and enterprise skills.

Our courses are practical and student-centred and will help you to develop skills and qualities for independent living, further learning or employment.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

The BTEC Certificate forms part of the full-time ‘Pathway to ICT’ study programme. You will gain skills including:

  • Using the Internet
  • Using Email
  • Using Software such as Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheets & Word Processing

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

You will need to complete an assessment before joining the course, so that we can identify your current level.

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Your tutor will assess you during the class activities, and you will need to build a portfolio of evidence to be submitted at the end of the course.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could continue at College and progress on to the IT BTEC Diploma Level 1.

Alternatively, if you’d like to start earning, you could look into doing an Apprenticeship.

Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk

Following further study you could work as:

  • An IT Operations Technician can earn between an average of £30,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • An IT Support Technician can earn up to £32,000 depending on experience.
  • An IT Project Manager, earning between £25,000 and £70,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Enrichment

We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities.

Support

The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/open-events

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 September 2017
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