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Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

IT and computing


Level 2


1 year


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

New and returning learners:

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This programme will provide you with a broad introduction to the world of IT, allowing you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the contribution technology makes to modern life.

The IT industry is constantly evolving and developing in new and innovative ways. This Diploma will provide you with a broad introduction to the world of IT, allowing you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the contribution technology makes to modern life.

You will develop your knowledge and skills in a creative and enjoyable way, combining academic learning with hands-on experience. This course offers students the opportunity to study a range of subjects including software design, computer hardware, databases, networking and web development.

You will also develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help you to complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment.

What I'll learn

You work on a series of individual and group projects such as: Research into what jobs are out there for you to work towards including what employers want; a personal logo and graphics of yourself as a computer game hero; a website to contain your portfolio of work; a mobile app of your work and a game.  

Core Units:  

  • Unit 01: Communicating in the IT industry
  • Unit 02: Working in the IT industry 

The work for these units will form an important part of the opening project which you will conduct as part of a group exercise. You will be contacting employers and creating your own personal development plan to guide you through the rest of your studies.  

Optional Specialist Units:

  • Website Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Systems
  • Developing Programming Solutions  

Please note that the specific units may be subject to change but we want to give you the most exciting year of learning we can provide.


How I'll learn

You will study a number of modules and in addition you will develop your functional skills in English and maths.

You learn by a mixture of practical activities and individual research and individual and group work. The course team is always looking at introducing you to experts in the taught fields and you will need to attend a work experience placement in the second half of the year.

Individual learning targets are set each 6 weeks and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.


How I'll be assessed

All units are assessed via a portfolio of coursework. Functional skills require you to sit an exam. Students on the course are required to improve on their maths or English at GCSE level so you will be asked to re-sit at least one of those subjects during the college year.


Entry Requirements

You need four GCSEs at grade D, including English language and maths. You also need to demonstrate the appropriate level of literacy and numeracy in the initial assessment.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 

Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.