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Course overview

This 2 year course is all about understanding how computers work and developing skills in areas such as software development, website production and networking.

You will learn about all key aspects of computing and IT, Digital Technology Solutions, IT Management for Business, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship. You will need to complete modules to develop your communication skills and associated areas such as computer graphics.

Units include:

• Information Technology Systems
• Creating Systems to Manage Information
• Using Social Media in Business
• Programming
• Data Modelling
• Website Development
• Mobile Apps Development
• Computer Games Development
• IT Project Management
• Big Data and Business Analytics
• Cyber Security and Incident Management
• IT Technical Support and Management
• Software Testing
• IT Service Delivery
• Digital Animation and Effects
• Enterprise in IT

Alongside your course you will study English, Maths or Direct Study to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes, as well as having your English and Maths assessed in all of your work throughout your course.

What else do I need to know?

You will undertake a minimum of 3 days’ work experience to help gain valuable and employable skills which will help when looking for employment following the course.
Trips will be available to support the course, for example in the past we have taken students on trips to Eurogamer, Gadget Show Live, Bletchley Park and to local universities. We have a large number of ex-students who visit to talk about their careers since being students on this course.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements: You will usually require four or more high grade C/4s at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course (including Maths &/or English). Alternatively, you will need a level 2 Diploma with an overall Merit grade (in a relevant subject) and a level 2 Maths &/or English qualification. An IT qualification such as GCSE or OCR National is desirable. All applicants will be required to attend an interview.

How is it assessed?

This course is assessed through coursework activities, external assessment and examinations across both years of the course. There are opportunities to give presentations and to present work in the college auditorium to an invited audience.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

What can I do next?

The majority of students from this course progress to a university based programme such as Computer Science, Software Development or Business Information Systems. Some choose to study games programming. You can choose to study for a HE qualification here at NULC through the HND in Applied Computing, or to enter employment, possibly through an Apprenticeship.

How do I find out more?

Please contact Lesley Kelly or Steph Tague, Curriculum Leaders for Computing by e-mailing or or telephone on 01782 254130. You can also contact the College Information Centre on 01782 254254.

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