Computing, IT and Business Software Skills Entry Level

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN103
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

This 1 year Computing, IT and Business Software Skills Entry Level programme will introduce you to the basics of IT and Business.

Suitable for students who have left school without any qualifications, this course is perfect for you if you have a passion for anything digital. Taught in small class sizes, you will improve your functional skills in English and Maths, problem solving, creative thinking and learning to work independently.

You will focus on:-

  • How to use a computer
  • Improving the speed and consistency of work
  • Using word processing software
  • How to present information within a spreadsheet
  • Storing and sharing information within databases
  • Designing software 
  • Working with and designing various forms of multimedia
  • Using video software
  • Identifying the job opportunities available to you within business and IT.

On completion, you will have the knowledge, understanding and skills that employers and colleges expect from you. You will also enhance your career opportunities and have the chance to progress onto further IT and Business courses at Blackburn College. 

 

What will I study?

On this study programme, you will work towards two separate qualifications which consist of Entry and Level 1 units ready for progression to a Level 1 diploma the following academic year.

There are various units to study and the majority will use Microsoft Office software and some other specialist software. 

You will focus on:-

  • How to use a computer
  • Improving the speed and consistency of work
  • Using word processing software
  • How to present information within a spreadsheet
  • Storing and sharing information within databases
  • Designing software 
  • Working with and designing various forms of multimedia
  • Using video software
  • Identifying the job opportunities available to you within business and IT.
  • You will also be required to achieve a Functional Skills Qualification in English and Maths.
Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this Study Programme although you should have an interest in using computers and show that you can benefit from the course.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams on this study programme and the course tutors will assess your practical work. At the end of the year, your overall portfolio of work will be assessed by an external verifier to confirm your success.  

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the Study Programme, your tutors will be in a position to recommend progression onto a higher level Computing, Business or Vocational pathway. These streams can offer you the opportunity to study up to a Level 3 qualification.

Progression will depend on the level of flare and creativity that you have shown throughout the course; in understanding and using specialist software; literacy skills and your ability to understand written instructions and produce written reports with minimal help.

Guidance interviews will take place at the end of your course and you will be fully supported throughout the process.

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Career Options

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.

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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

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

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.?

 

Job Opportunites in Lancashire