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    Ideal if: you would like to work in technical IT and want to develop the skills needed to progress to the Level 2 qualification.

    You’ll learn: English and maths, alongside aspects of hardware; the basics of the computing industry; digital devices; software applications; and technical computing skills.

    Expect: to develop your English and maths skills, as well as take part in work-related activities in order to progress on to the Level 2 qualification.

    You’ll love: our state-of-the-art technology, including iMac suites. Plus lots of trips to enrich learning.

    This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the basics of the computing industry and the variety of different computing careers that are available. You will study: • Aspects of hardware • Software applications • Digital devices • Technical computing skills.

    "Teachers are well qualified and experienced; they are passionate about their subject and impart their knowledge and understanding with enthusiasm.” (Ofsted, 2016)

    This programme is specifically geared towards those who have left school with little GCSE success, but with a burning desire to work in technical IT.

    Concentrating on practical IT skills and working ethics, this challenging course introduces you to hardware, software applications and digital devices.

    No previous experience is assumed.

    Assessment will be a mixture of theoretical and practical assignment work and projects.

    Units you’ll study include: • Starting work in the IT Industry - Learn about what careers are available within the IT sector and for people with IT skills in other sectors. • What skills are needed to run IT systems, websites, network systems and to support IT? • Working in the IT Industry - What is it like to work in the industry? What do IT support staff do? What training is available? How is their performance measured? • Developing skills in IT - Learn the main features on a PC computer and understand the OS in a business as well as how to organise files and manipulate desktop applications. Plus the following units: • PC Systems - How does a how a PC system works? Learn about the different PC peripherals, when they are used and how they are connected to the PC. • IT Applications - Maximise your productivity through effective use of desktop applications. • Digital Devices - What different digital devices are available to support IT work and benefit industry?

    Assignment work/background reading in addition to College attendance is required on this one-year, full-time course.

    Students should bring a pen to the first class and a bag capable of securely carrying folders, paper, books etc. A course booklet and a USB memory stick will be provided during induction - these form part of the student package (along with consumables and hardware replacement) which is allocated from the material fee.

    Students will have the opportunity to attend one or more course related day trips or activities during the year.


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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Course Variant


Level 1



Start Date

September 2021 (TBC)

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What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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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

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