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This course offers a specialist qualification that focuses on aspects of employment within an IT vocational sector. The qualification covers both theory in relation to IT and its place in society and practical elements for IT in industry. The course prepares learners for the constantly evolving digital sector, ensuring students have the knowledge and skills they need to work in the ever-changing world of Information Technology. Assessment is through a combination of external examination, controlled assessment and coursework.

To enhance your experience on the course, we have made links and visit several IT leading businesses and have ex-students who have gained apprenticeships with these organisations visiting the College, including UKFast, Barclays, AstraZeneca and Thailes to name a few.

  • Course Outline
    • Year 1: National Certificate

      Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information

      • You will learn to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system that manages information. Software used will be Microsoft Access
      • This will be assessed through an externally marked 5 hour controlled assessment task. You will sit the task in two sittings 1 x 2 hour and 1 x 3 hour in your first year of study.

      Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business

      • You will explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. You will complete and implement social media activities in a business to meet set requirements.
      • This is an assessed piece of coursework, marked internally

      Year 2: Extended Certificate (above plus)

      Unit 1 – Information Technology System

      • You will learn how computer hardware, digital devices, and relevant software combine to form small- and large-scale systems. You will develop an understanding of how Information Technology systems can be used in vocational contexts to solve problems and/or meet the needs of organisations and users. You will be able to analyse the impact of IT systems, evaluate the effectiveness of systems in a range of contexts and, where appropriate, suggest and plan improvements to current solutions.
      • This will be an assessed external examination (2 hours).

      Unit 6 – Website Development

      • This practical-based unit allows you to understand the principles of designing and creating a functional website and focuses on the design and development of a website to meet the requirements of a client. You will be encouraged to seek out real-life situations where a website is required. You will explore the specific requirements of the client and begin to design and develop a website for that business.
      • This is an assessed piece of coursework.
  • Career Opportunities and further study
    • Completing this course alongside other chosen Level3 courses can open up opportunities to study IT/ Computing related degrees at various universities. The degrees on offer range from creative IT such as BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology degree to more technical related degrees such as BSc (Hons) Computer and Network Security. It can also contribute towards the points/grades required to attend university to study other degree courses. It can also offer placements in the IT profession both or Technical and Design based IT related professions.

      A number of our students have achieved places in organisations such as Barclays Bank, Fujitsu, Thalies and UKFast and many more.

  • Trips and Events
      • Annual San Francisco Trip. For more information about this trip please see the Trips and Travel page
      • Stockport Job and Industry Fair
      • UKFast
      • Barclays Bank Technology Centre
  • Useful Links

Entry Requirements 2024

You can view provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2024 from the link below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

Subject Entry Requirements

What our students say

Course really prepares you well to be able to pursue a computer related degree at university.

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