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Computing Diploma Level 2 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course is for learners seeking a nationally recognised qualification in Computing in preparation for employment or progression onto the IT Practitioners Extended Diploma Level 3.


Course content

This is a one year full-time course, which covers a range of IT and IT Industry specific topics including: use and configuration of industry standard hardware and software systems, working with networks, basic software development, website design and working within the IT Industry.

Over the life of the course, learners will undertake a range of practical projects in our purpose built and well equipped computer rooms. The design of the course promotes a hands-on practical engagement with the systems and processes.

In addition, learners will be required to complete a number of assessments. Each assessment varies but most will have a practical computing element. The assessment is mainly carried out by inspection of the work learners produce, including some reports, but there are no “end of year exams”.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Either a range of passes at GCSE level which include English and Mathematics to D/E level or an equivalent qualification. Applicants also need to have an interest in, and an aptitude for computing.



The College offers a wide menu of Level 2 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, learners will have the opportunity to take either Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Information Technology Practitioners or Edexcel Level 2 Extended Certificate in Information Technology Practitioners.


Future opportunities

Learners can progress on to the IT Practitioners Extended Diploma Level 3 on successful completion of this course. Of the students who completed this course last year 81% continued with Further Education while 11% secured employment.


Further information

Learners on this course need to purchase a Level 2 IT course book (details supplied when you join the course), stationery (notepad, pen/pencil and ruler) and a storage device (memory stick). A home computer is not required but would be helpful to work at home.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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