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IT Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time course

Is this course for me? This qualification enables you to develop skills in - and gain a broad knowledge and understanding of - computer hardware and technology systems.  It also explores the information technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries such as software development, web development and some aspects of digital graphics. 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 this increasing demand of the computing industry.

You will also develop your skills in English and Maths, which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

What will I learn? You will complete 3 Core Units related to the use of Information Technology in the workplace:

·         The online world

·         Technology systems

  • A digital portfolio

You will complete optional units to develop specialist skills in software development and IT support.

  • Computer Networks
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Spreadsheet development
  • Software development
  • Website development
  • Installing and maintaining computer hardware
  • Installing and maintaining computer software

What else will I gain?

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 mechatronics.

What will I need?

You will be expected to take lesson notes and provide your own note taking resources. Revision guides and revision workbooks will be available at a minimal cost.  You should also provide a USB memory stick as a back-up device.

Why study this course at The Sheffield College?

The course is delivered by industrial experts and their experiences will give you the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment where demand is high within a wide range of job roles, across the computing sector and some aspects of the creative industries.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3 or acceptable alternatives, including English Language and Maths

You will be expected to re-sit GCSE English and/or Maths if you achieved a grade 3 or alternatively you will study Functional English and/or maths.


The course is assessed by a mixture of 80% coursework and 20% external exams therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Financial information


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.

Free meals

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.

Travel passes

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:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where will it lead?

This course could lead onto the BTEC Diploma in Information Technology from there onto a University Level course. It could also lead into employment in junior posts within many IT support roles or alternatively a Higher Apprenticeship.


Further information

Open Days

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:

Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm

Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm

Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-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.

Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CFFIT1