Award Crest
York College

One year with the option of progressing on to a second year on successful completion

Entry requirements

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More detailed entry requirement information will be available in due course.

What will I study?

In the first year you will complete the Extended Certificate in ICT. This qualification helps provide all of our Level 3 students with a good grounding in the information systems and technologies that underpin all modern computer applications, ranging from desktop, to web, to smartphone, to the exciting new areas of robotics and the internet of things. This qualification is equivalent to one A Level.

For this qualification you will study the following units:

Information Technology Systems
Creating Systems to Manage Information
Using Social Media in Business
Website Development

In addition you will complete two further units for the National Diploma in Computing which you will complete in the second year. The first year units for the diploma are:

Principles of Computer Science
Building Computer Systems

In the second year you will complete the units necessary to achieve the National Diploma in Computing. At this point you will be able to choose between three exciting pathways depending on your personal interests and skills.

Pathway 3 – Computer Systems and Network Support

With the rapid growth of cloud technology and the growing pressure on cyber-security this qualification offers students an opportunity to develop foundation skills in networking and supporting modern, networked computer technologies. This qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels.

On this pathway you will study the following units:

Planning and Management of Computing Projects
IT Systems Security
Managing and Supporting Systems
Programmable Devices and Controllers
Computer Forensics
Network Operating Systems
Communication Technologies

What could it lead to?

These Level 3 qualifications provide entry into higher education with a view to progressing to roles within the computing and digital and creative technologies sector. Subjects that some students have gone on to study include Games Development, Cyber Security and Forensics, Web Development, Multimedia, Graphics and Animation, Networking and Cloud Computing, Mobile Apps and Social Media Development and Software Development. This qualification also offers a direct route into apprenticeships or employment working in user support, as hardware or software technicians or data processing.

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