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Computing Diploma Level 1 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the basics of the computing industry and the variety of different computing careers that are available.

This programme is specifically geared towards those who have left school with little GCSE success, but with a burning desire to work in technical IT.

Concentrating on practical IT skills and working ethics, this challenging course introduces you to hardware, software applications and digital devices.

No previous experience is assumed.

Course content

Units you’ll study include:

  • Starting work in the IT Industry - Learn about what careers are available within the IT sector and for people with IT skills in other sectors.
  • What skills are needed to run IT systems, websites, network systems and to support IT? 
  • Working in the IT Industry - What is it like to work in the industry? What do IT support staff do? What training is available? How is their performance measured?
  • Developing skills in IT - Learn the main features on a PC computer and understand the OS in a business as well as how to organise files and manipulate desktop applications.

Plus the following units:

  • PC Systems - How does a how a PC system works? Learn about the different PC peripherals, when they are used and how they are connected to the PC.
  • IT Applications - Maximise your productivity through effective use of desktop applications. • Digital Devices - What different digital devices are available to support IT work and benefit industry?

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have 3 GCSE's at grade E including English or Entry 3 in English & Maths Functional Skills.
  • Selection is dependent upon a successful interview and a good school report.


Assessment will be a mixture of theoretical and practical assignment work and projects.

Financial information

Students should bring a pen to the first class and a bag capable of securely carrying folders, paper, books etc.

A course booklet and a USB memory stick will be provided during induction - these form part of the student package (along with consumables and hardware replacement) which is allocated from the material fee.

Students will have the opportunity to attend one or more course related day trips or activities during the year.

A nominal fee of £15 is charged at enrolment as a contribution towards these events.

Students will register with the examination board (Edexcel) during October, although students under the age of 19 at the start of the programme will not have to pay for this.

Future opportunities

Upon completion, you may be able to move on to the Level 2 Diploma in IT, an apprenticeship or employment.

Further information

Assignment work/background reading in addition to College attendance is required on this one-year, full-time course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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