4 x GCSEs grade 3 (grade D) or above preferably including both English & maths or a relevant Level 1 qualification.
You must be aged 16-18 or have an ECHP if you are between 16-22 years old.
Who is the course for
This course is for students wishing to increase their understanding of computers, develop skills, prepare for jobs involving computer technology or move on to further courses and then to Higher Education.
If you are interested in studying a Level 3 course, such as the T Level, but need to spend a year improving your employability skills, English and maths, and overall IT knowledge, this is the ideal course. It has been designed to improve the key skills you need for employment in the IT industry.
To gain this qualification you must complete 7 units, including working in the IT industry, installing computer hardware, website development, computer systems, and spreadsheet modelling.
You must also complete a work placement where you will be working in IT and show progression in your study skills and English and maths.
Completion of this course will provide you with the Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT - IT Technical Practitioner and an IT & Digital T Level Transition Programme Certificate from the college. You will also have the chance to resit your English and Maths GCSEs.
This course will be taught through demonstrations, whole group teaching, discussions, practical workshops and various classroom activities involving work experience skills, group and pair work.
How is the course assessed
All units are internally assessed through coursework. There is a work experience unit which will be assessed based on core skills developed and shown on the placement. There will be an exam at the end of the course which will test knowledge acquired throughout the year.
Where next - Further Studies
You can progress onto the Level 3 T Level in Digital sector: Digital production, design and development.
Otherwise, a Pass at the Level 2 Certificate and Entry 3 Functional Skills English and Maths can lead to the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in IT. A Merit at the Level 2 Certificate and Level 1 Functional Skills English and Maths can lead to the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. A Merit at the Level 2 Certificate and L2 English and Maths can lead to the BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in IT.
Where next - Job Opportunities
You can gain employment in administration, as a trainee web designer, database designer or IT support.
Additional Subjects: If you achieved an E or below in English and or Mathematics you will study a Functional Skills programme in that subject. If you have achieved a grade D, you will take GCSE English or GCSE Maths as additional subjects.
You should expect to provide yourself with all standard stationery and writing materials and folders for submission of coursework (details will be provided at the start of the course), plus memory stick Approximately £20.00 for text books Pen, lined paper - be prepared to write. You must also bring with you your ID card, learning agreement and timetable.
How to Apply
To apply for a course choose one of these methods:
- Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
- Post - if you would prefer to submit a paper form please click here to download a copy. Please fill it out and return it to: Admissions, Harrow College, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3AQ.
When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.