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    Ideal if: you want to learn about the IT and computing industry and develop essential computing skills.

    You’ll learn: computer systems, Digital graphics and web development

    Expect: a high degree of practical work and some background research for projects.

    You’ll love: our local industry connections and regular guest speakers.

    This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the computing industry and the opportunity to develop essential computing skills. Your studies will include:

    • Computer systems and networks
    • Graphics and animation
    • Web development
    • Technology systems

    "Teachers work closely with students to devise a personalised programme, taking into account students’ interests, initial starting points and career aspirations.” (Ofsted, 2016)

    The First Extended Certificate is broadly equivalent to studying four GCSEs at grades A* - C.  As such it is a good vocational choice for those students who have an interest in technical IT but who have not achieved suitable GCSE grades to start on our suite of National Diploma courses.  The Level 2 First Extended Certificate gives a firm foundation in all IT disciplines.

    Your knowledge and understanding will be tested through a mixture of vocationally relevant assignments and online tests (Units 1 the online world & 2 technology systems are tested online).

    Assignments usually involve a high-degree of practical work although some will require you to complete background research before starting the task.

    Most assignments will involve you doing work outside scheduled classes although your lecturers are fully committed to give you support when you need it.

At Gloucestershire College we want students to develop their English and maths skills so that they achieve their learning goals and future career aims. For this reason all full-time students who have not achieved grade A* to C English language or maths GCSE will study these subjects as part of their course.

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.