Information Technology Level 1

  • Join Blackburn College's Career Academy and enjoy guest speakers from the digital world; mentoring schemes; and six week paid internship opportunities.
  • Learn how to develop games using Unreal Engine- the same software used to develop blockbuster hits; Mass Effect; BioShock; Gears of War and many more.
  • Take part in the IT World Skills competition and showcase your talents to a global audience.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN705
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

If you want to pursue a career within the IT sector and need to start at the beginning, this course is for you.

The 1 year, Level 1 Information Technology course has been designed to offer you an introduction into games; web design; multi-media; and networking. 

You will study a variety of modules in relation to Information Technology such as:

  • Digital Communication Technologies
  • Solving technical IT problems
  • Developing a website
  • Designing a computer program
  • Developing a digital product
  • Creating a digital animated graphic.

As part of this course, you will study English, Maths, Employability and Study Skills. In addition, you will develop employability skills through contact with leading creative technology professionals, providing you with powerful knowledge and skills required to succeed in further education and employment within the digital sector.

What will I study?

You will study a variety of modules in relation to Information Technology such as:

  • Digital Communication Technologies
  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Website
  • Creating a Computer Program
  • Developing a Digital Product
  • Creating a Digital Animated Graphic

Embedded in your study programme will be English, Maths, Employability and Study Skills. 


Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at Grade E/2 in English Language, Maths and IT or completion of an Entry Level course.

How will I be assessed?

During the study programme you will be set assignments that will be assessed and an overall grade for the qualification awarded.

What can I do next?

Successful learners will be awarded the Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Information Technology. If you achieve a Merit or Distinction, and a recommendation from the Course Tutor, you will be able to progress onto Level 2 Information and Creative Technology (including Games Development).

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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