Introductory Diploma in Information Technology Level 1

Start Date
Course Course
IT & Computing
City Campus

About this Course

This course has been designed to provide an introduction to the exciting fields of IT and Computing. We have excellent facilities and opportunities for work experience at leading companies. The course features several trips out to companies and visiting speakers will come in and discuss live projects.

Key Units

Being Organised

Being organised and being able to manage your time is essential for success in your education. From creating to-do lists and filing systems to setting up your phone for alerts and alarms, this unit will introduce you to ways that will help you to plan and use your time effectively, as well as organising yourself and your work.

Developing a Personal Progression Plan
This unit will help you find out what opportunities are available to you and how to get to the next stage. You will carry out a self-audit, identifying what your strengths are and what you need to develop to be able to meet your progression goals. You will learn how to set goals and plan ways to achieve them. You will then produce a personal progression plan to help you reach the next step in your life.

Solving Technical IT Problems
You will learn how to identify and fix an IT problem for another person and will develop your communication skills when dealing with the problem.

Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
You will learn to create a spreadsheet to help you carry out mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, averages and totals.

Creating a Website
This unit will help you develop skills in planning and designing a website that will support your progression to a number of different sectors, as well as to other qualifications in computing or website development. 
Creating a Computer Program
In this unit you will learn how to write a simple computer program using graphical tools for an intended purpose. For example, to calculate the total in a bill or to create a simple computer game or puzzle. 
Developing a Digital Product
In this unit, you will learn how to plan and design a digital media product using visual tools such as storyboards. You will also learn how to record audio and video clips and edit them using audio- and video-editing software. You will then combine these edited clips with ready-made assets (such as digital photos) to create a complete multimedia product.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades A* - E / grade 2 or above (or acceptable alternatives), to include English Language and Maths. 


The course is assessed through coursework so therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Where does this Lead

On successful completion of this course you may wish to progress to a Level 2 digital pathway, Level 2 Apprenticeship or enter employment.

Future Opportunities

Career opportunities may include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Game Developer
  • Internet of Things Programmer
  • Data Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Digital Marketer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Technician
  • Network Manager
  • Helpdesk Technician
  • Cyber Security

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Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and wants to develop the technical skills that are required in the Computing industry.

Additional Study and Independent Learning

You will be required to study Functional Skills or GCSE English Language and/or Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C/4. Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade C/4 in both Maths and English so this is an important qualification to achieve. 

You will also be expected to work independently on assignments outside of your timetabled classes in college.

Extra Costs

Branded uniform may be required. Costs are minimal and also can be paid in instalments.

Students in financial hardship may be eligible to apply to the Student Support Fund for assistance with course related expenses. 

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