Whether it’s networking, web development, helpdesk support or software development that you’re interested in, Highbury College's FREE IT course can get you started!

Course: Level 2 Fast-Track Diploma in IT Systems & Principles
Location: Highbury Campus, Tudor Crescent, PO6 2SA
Mode: Full-time, 15 weeks
Tuition Fee: FREE 

Who is the course for?

This exciting, full-time, hands-on IT course is delivered over 15 weeks. The course is FREE to anyone over the age of 16-years-old. It has been designed to gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress into an IT career, or onto a Level 3 IT apprenticeship programme. Students will learn work skills as well as a range of fundamental IT technical skills so they are ready to progress into a workplace environment.

The course covers the following content areas: IT helpdesk support, networking support, web development, software development, customer service and employability skills.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however you will need to have a strong, demonstrable interest in Information Technology (IT)

Please note:

  • to progress onto an apprenticeship after this study programme, students must have a minimum of GCSE 9-4 (A-C) in maths and English
  • students with grades below GCSE 4 (C) in maths and English will be offered the opportunity to join a math and English courses to enable them to achieve the required GCSE grades

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What does the study programme include?

This course has been designed to give students a broad and relatively detailed insight into the IT & business world.

Units include:

Fundamentals of PC hardware – building and maintaining PCs
Fundamentals of PC software – installing software
Network principles and application
Business concepts
ICT Security
Web Fundamentals
Customer Service
Drawing & Planning
Installing & Configuring ICT Equipment
Event-driven programming
Personal Project
Game Coding
Web Software

Please note, some assignments are optional, based on the students’ career aspirations. Students are able to choose a Software Development, Wed Development or Desktop Support path.

What attendance is required?

Students will be in college four days a week, Monday to Thursday, from 9:30am-4.30pm.

Learning and assessment

Students will be taught by fully qualified, experienced tutors in the classroom, using a range of resources and methods, including text books, demonstrations, practical tasks, projects and e-learning. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their own education and develop skills of independent and autonomous learning and self-discovery, with the support and guidance of the tutors. Students will have access to the college’s Virtual Learning Environment, and will be expected to complete independent study for at least fifteen hours per week.

Assessment takes many forms enabling learners to develop a broad range of transferable skills including report writing, presentations, project completion and case studies.

What qualifications will be achieved?

Upon successful achievement of this study programme students will be awarded a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in ICT Systems & Principles for IT Professionals.

What can be achieved after the study programme?

Students achieving this qualification can progress to a Level 3 Apprenticeship, Level 3 study programme or full-time employment.