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IT Level 1 at Sheffield College

Course description

Is this course for me?

Are you looking for a new career in computing?  Are you looking to get a good basic qualification that you can build on in a wide variety of ways?  Do you feel that technology has left you behind?  Did you feel that school wasn’t really for you and you never really had a chance to learn? Or are you just looking to learn more about that old computer that sits in the corner?  

This course could be your first step to a whole new world.


Course content

What will I learn?

The course is a basic foundation course but focuses on units based around ICT.  These are the core units

•             Improving Productivity Using IT

•             Presentation Software

•             Spreadsheet Software

•             Desktop Publishing Software

•             Word Processing Software         

The following are the optional units

•             IT User Fundamentals

•             IT Communication Fundamentals

•             IT Software Fundamentals

•             Using the Internet

•             Using Mobile IT Devices

•             Design Software

•             Imaging Software

•             Using Email

•             Multimedia Software

•             Website Software

We also include units in robotics, programming and computer hardware.

What else will I gain?

Your course will also include

•             PSD

•             English

•             Maths

•             Work Study

What will I need?

Any equipment you need will be provided but it would be helpful if you owned a computer and had access to broadband.  Although not essential there are a number of opportunities to use mobile technologies for a mobile phone would be an advantage.

Why study this course at The Sheffield College

The course is an excellent first step on a number of ladders.  The course has an excellent success rate with many of our students going on to other courses and higher levels.  The design of the course means you will learn in a friendly and nurturing environment as well as being given the opportunity to build on skills you already have. 


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English Language and Maths


Assessment is by Practical Assessment & Coursework

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?

Our students go on to

•             Jobs

•             Apprenticeships

•             Level 2 courses

•             Self-sufficiency in IT

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: 15 October 2018
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