Computing and Digital Business Services Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN107
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

Computing and Digital Business Services Level 1 programme is a practical course, designed to enhance your exsisting IT skills and provide you with the knowledge and skills that employers and colleges will expect.

Taught in small classes, you will study vital functional skills in English and Maths, alongside core IT units including:-

  • Word processing
  • Entering and storing information within spreadsheets
  • Drawing and planning software
  • Using and understanding mobile IT devices
  • Creating multimedia through video software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Internet and Imagaing software

You will also benefit from trips and events; seminars; and other cross college activities that take place on campus. 

The course is suitable for students who wish to build on their existing IT skills, develop their employability skills, and have their skills formally recognised.

What will I study?

You will study a selection of units on the course, such as:

  • Word Processing - using Word software to create, edit and produce text-based documents
  • Spreadsheets - using Excel to record data in rows and columns, perform calculations with numerical data and present information using charts and graphs
  • Imaging - using software designed to create, modify and layout images for display in print or on a screen
  • Drawing and Planning - using software to produce 2D drawings or plans such as flowcharts, mindmaps and technical drawings
  • Desktop Publishing - using desktop publishing software to combine and manipulate text, image and graphic elements in layouts appropriate for publication to screen or print
  • Using Mobile IT devices - to set up and use mobile or handheld devices such as a smartphone, PDA, electronic organiser or data logger, for data capture, processing, exchange and storage
  • Video software
  • Completing a job application form
  • Introduction to CV writing skills
  • Applying for jobs and courses
  • Personal Action Planning
  • Developing personal presentation skills
  • Personal action planning

Learners are required to achieve a Functional Skills qualification in English, Maths. The course aims to build a firm foundation in using IT productively. You will also have the opportunity to study the following optional units:-

  • Using the Internet - the ability to set up and use appropriate connection methods to access the Internet; make the best use of browser software tools and techniques to search for, retrieve and exchange information using a browser or public search engine, and work safely and securely online.
  • Video software - using a software application designed to record and edit video sequences.

Work skills classes will cover; planning and preparing for employment; time management; personal presentation; completing your CV and application forms; interview skills; and applying for jobs and courses. 

Entry Requirements

2 x GCSEs at Grade E/2 including English Language, maths and IT.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the year, your work will create a portfolio, which your tutor will assess.

The tutors on your course will use your practical work to assess where your strengths and weaknesses lie, aiding progression and development. At the end of the year, your portfolio will be examined by an external verifier to confirm your success and completion.

There are no exams on this course.

What can I do next?

If you successfully complete the IT and Preparation for Work Skills Programme, with your tutor's recommendation, you will then be able to progress onto the Level 2 course or enter employment.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

IT Project Manager

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

IT project managers oversee the planning, development and installation of computer systems to meet their clients’ business needs. They work for all types of organisations from the NHS to government departments.

If you're well organised, good at solving problems and have excellent IT skills, you may find opportunities for a rewarding career in this field.

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

IT Support Technician

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you are interested in computers and like solving problems, this could be the perfect job for you. IT support technicians help to find and correct software and hardware problems for computer users.

To become an IT support technician, you will need to have a wide knowledge of operating systems. You’ll also need to know about networking, hardware and software. And you’ll be able to explain problems and solutions clearly to non-technical users.

If you have a good working knowledge of computer systems, you could begin as a trainee technician. You may improve your career prospects by gaining IT qualifications.

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IT Trainer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

IT trainers design and deliver computer courses. They work in the training departments of large organisations, and for IT training companies, colleges and universities. If you’re interested in IT and like the idea of showing people how to get the most from computers, this could be just the job you’re looking for.

To become an IT trainer, you’ll need knowledge of IT programs and systems. You’ll also need excellent spoken and written communication skills, and the ability to adapt to your learners’ abilities.

You can become an IT trainer in several ways. You’re likely to need qualifications in both IT and training/teaching.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Web Editor

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

As a web editor you would research, write and check the images, text and other media published on your employer's website. If you are a skilled writer and researcher, with a keen eye for detail, this job could be ideal for you.

You will need an excellent standard of spelling, punctuation and grammar. You will also need an organised approach and creative ideas to come up with interesting ways to present information and appeal to the site's target audience.

There are various routes into this job. For example a background in journalism or marketing could help. Employers will want to see examples of your writing from previous paid or voluntary work. Many web editors start out as an assistant at first.

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Web Developer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Web developers design, build and maintain websites and web applications to meet their client's needs. Jobs can range from creating a staff intranet for an organisation to building a payment system for an online retailer.

If you want a varied job, can find creative ways to solve problems and have good programming skills, this could be the career for you. You'll also need to be a good teamworker, with the ability to meet deadlines.

Most web developers have qualifications and experience in IT. You can join a graduate training scheme after university or start as a junior developer with a company and work your way up.

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Web Content Manager

  • £
    24,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

A web content manager is responsible for the information that appears on a company's website. They work closely with project teams, editors, developers and designers to coordinate the site content and make sure it caters to the needs of the target audience.

If you have excellent writing skills, are well organised and can motivate a team, there could be opportunities for you in this career.

You will need lots of creative ideas and the ability to work to deadlines.

There is no one way into this job but experience in journalism, IT or marketing may help. Employers will want to see examples of your writing skills from previous paid or voluntary work.

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Web Designer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Web designers use their creative and technical skills to build new websites and redesign existing ones. They can work on any online site from a retailer's catalogue to a company's home page.

If you are interested in computers, and want to combine your IT skills with creative ideas, this job could be ideal for you. You'll need to be able to picture how a site will look, understand how it will work and be able to explain that clearly to the client.

You don't always need qualifications to become a web designer but you will need a good level of technical ability. Previous experience in other types of design work may also be helpful.

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Computer Games Developer

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you love computer games and enjoy using your imagination, this could be ideal for you. Computer games developers produce games for PCs and games consoles. They also produce games for the internet and mobile phones. The work could involve making new games or updating existing titles.

Most computer games developers have a qualification. However employers may be more interested in your software skills and experience.

To become a computer games developer, you will need to have creativity and imagination. You’ll also need to be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

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Computer Service And Repair Technician

  • £
    14,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you are keen on IT and enjoy fixing things, this job could be ideal for you.

You do not need formal qualifications if you have a good enough working knowledge of computer systems and software.

A computer service and repair technician will have good communication skills. They will also have good customer service skills. You’ll also need to be patient and have an organised approach.

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Software Developer

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner.?

 

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Facilities

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.