Information Technology Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN705
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL

ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education, and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. This Diploma will deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

What will I study?

The majority of the study programme hours will be spent on practical IT activities.  There are 10 units to pass in order to gain the Diploma.


  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic
  • Using Digital Communication Technologies
  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Website
  • Creating a Computer Program
  • Developing a Digital Product
  • Creating a Digital Animated Graphic

Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths, Employability and Study Skills will be embedded within the Diploma. This course will develop vital problem solving skills ensuring learners are well equipped for success in learning and working life.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at Grade E or above including Maths, English Language and preferably IT. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

How will I be assessed?

During the course learners will be set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded. All of the units are internally assessed.

What can I do next?

Students gaining a Merit or Distinction and a recommendation from the Course Tutor can progress onto Level 2 or enter employment.

Your Study Programme

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You will study in St Pauls Computing Centre where there is twelve dedicated computing rooms, and a gaming room, each equipped with eighteen PCs running Windows 7, Office 2010 and a range of software including Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, Visual C++ 2010 and a wide range of specialised software. We have Microsoft and CISCO Academy accreditation and industry trained tutors. You will also benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Our computing and IT courses teach the skills and knowledge that will prepare you for University or a career in an IT or computing role. We can develop your knowledge of digital technologies and whether you want to be a computer games developer, IT manager or technician, these courses could be for you.

Our students take part in a variety of trips including The Photographic Museum to see the professional uses of computer animation techniques and video production.

If you are studying or progress on to a level 3 course you can apply to join the IT Career Academy. You will be able to carry out a 6 week paid internship with a local employer and have an industry mentor for the duration of your course. Taking part in this academy will also gain you extra UCAS points.

In 2015 two Blackburn College IT/Computing students competed in the regional IT World Skills Competition and won their place in the national finals in Birmingham.

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