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Hardware & Networking at Oldham College

Course description

Have you a keen interest in computers how they work , how they connect and enable the world to communicate, exchange information and you even want to understand how to protect people from getting hacked?  If so, this is the right course for you. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming an IT specialist.  You will learn as part of our networking pathway how to create communication pathways between and services, users, processes, applications and external networks/the internet.

From constructing personal computers, installing operating systems, setting up peer to peer networks and client server networks. You will build highly specialist skills in our CISCO labs and workshops. Our resources are outstanding and provide you with an industry relevant environment to achieve your full potential. We have the latest industry standard hardware and software such as Visual basic, C#, JAVA, Python, and actual CISCO routers and switches for you to get your hands on. Our well trained and motivated staff have vast experience of the industry ready to pass this on to you.

In addition  we will also support you for future progression to University, Employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

 

You will be able to study the following qualifications in this subject:

Level 1: Introductory in Information Technology ( Pearson BTEC - 1 Year course)

Level 2 : Network Infrastructure (City and Guilds 1year course) (Hardware and Networking pathway)

Level 3 : Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Digital Technologies System infrastructure (Hardware and Networking pathway) (City and Guilds - 2 year course)

Modules and Topics

Level 2 Units:

  • Introduction to Digital Technologies

  • Cyber Security

  • Introduction to supporting users

  • Networking Concepts

  • Operating Systems

  • Server Administration

  • Principles of Cloud Computing

Level 3 Units Year 1:

  • Project management 

  • Information security 

  • Networking fundamentals 

  • Digital business communication

  • Software development fundamentals

  • Collection and analysis of data

  • Enterprise technologies

Level 3 Units Year 2:

  • Information systems development
  • Cloud technologies
  • Create a computer network
  • Manage networks
  • Provide technical support
  • Infrastructure Management

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our media tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

Our links with industry ensure you are equipped with the best and most relevant knowledge. For example Microsoft's Global Account Technology Strategist visits our student to give a presentation about AI. With also further links to Sopra Steria, UK fast, CISCO, AX Paris and individuals from the IT industry who deliver master classes and lectures about their roles in industry.


Course content

Have you a keen interest in computers how they work , how they connect and enable the world to communicate, exchange information and you even want to understand how to protect people from getting hacked?  If so, this is the right course for you. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming an IT specialist.  You will learn as part of our networking pathway how to create communication pathways between and services, users, processes, applications and external networks/the internet.

From constructing personal computers, installing operating systems, setting up peer to peer networks and client server networks. You will build highly specialist skills in our CISCO labs and workshops. Our resources are outstanding and provide you with an industry relevant environment to achieve your full potential. We have the latest industry standard hardware and software such as Visual basic, C#, JAVA, Python, and actual CISCO routers and switches for you to get your hands on. Our well trained and motivated staff have vast experience of the industry ready to pass this on to you.

In addition  we will also support you for future progression to University, Employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

 

You will be able to study the following qualifications in this subject:

Level 1: Introductory in Information Technology ( Pearson BTEC - 1 Year course)

Level 2 : Network Infrastructure (City and Guilds 1year course) (Hardware and Networking pathway)

Level 3 : Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Digital Technologies System infrastructure (Hardware and Networking pathway) (City and Guilds - 2 year course)

Modules and Topics

Level 2 Units:

  • Introduction to Digital Technologies

  • Cyber Security

  • Introduction to supporting users

  • Networking Concepts

  • Operating Systems

  • Server Administration

  • Principles of Cloud Computing

Level 3 Units Year 1:

  • Project management 

  • Information security 

  • Networking fundamentals 

  • Digital business communication

  • Software development fundamentals

  • Collection and analysis of data

  • Enterprise technologies

Level 3 Units Year 2:

  • Information systems development
  • Cloud technologies
  • Create a computer network
  • Manage networks
  • Provide technical support
  • Infrastructure Management

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our media tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

Our links with industry ensure you are equipped with the best and most relevant knowledge. For example Microsoft's Global Account Technology Strategist visits our student to give a presentation about AI. With also further links to Sopra Steria, UK fast, CISCO, AX Paris and individuals from the IT industry who deliver master classes and lectures about their roles in industry.


Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

There are no qualifications required for these courses.

They are designed for students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

 

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

Assessment

Level 1 Portfolio based assignments

Level 2 & 3 Assignments, Exam & Synoptic project.

City and Guild City & Guilds technical qualifications require all students to draw together their learning from across the qualification to solve problems or achieve specific outcomes by explicitly assessing this through a project that is externally assessed.

In this externally set assignment the focus is on bringing together, selecting, and applying learning from across the qualification to include all the units covered in the course.

You will also be tasked to complete a final exam which will draw from across the full content of the qualification, using a range of shorter questions to confirm breadth of knowledge and understanding while also using extended response questions to go into more depth, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate higher level understanding and integration.


Financial information

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Future opportunities

Our Level 2 IT course course is designed as a pathway onto our Level 3 Hardware and cyber security course. After completion of Level 3, progression options include university, full time employment or our own Networking Apprenticeship. Possible roles include IT technician, Network Engineer, Cyber security specialist and computer forensics.

Our students who choose to continue their studies at university generally choose higher education courses such as broadcast Computer Science, Cyber Security, and Computer Forensics.

Further information

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

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: 22 November 2018
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