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    About the course

    Every company relies to a certain extent on security, networking and technology professionals with advanced technical skills to complete a diverse range of jobs. Our IT, security and networking course will give you a solid understanding of business and empower you to progress to university or into a challenging and rewarding career.

    Entry requirements

    5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including 4 or above in English and Maths.

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    Charge of £50 for the 1 year programme or £100 for the 2 Year programme. Fees cover the costs for computing equipment, PC/Mac editing software, exhibitions and compulsory trips.

    Awarding Body

    Pearson BTEC Information Technology

    Why study?

    Our courses will provide you with the competence, skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communications and productivity tools and applications in a range of job roles and industry sectors. Topics covered include application design and development, mobile technology, social media and big data analytics, cloud technology, app development, cyber security, global information, fundamentals of IT and computer networks. 

    This cutting-edge course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue a career or progress onto higher education or apprenticeship in IT, computer networking or cyber security.

    Theoretical study will be complemented by hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art computer equipment. Harlow College was awarded Apple Distinguished School status on 2017, the first FE College in the country to achieve this status, for its enterprising approach to transforming learning by instilling and developing digital confidence. This means that you’ll complete the course with additional use of Apple technology on top of your IT course.

    Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with the industry and potential employers.

    Where will this course take me?

    This course provides advanced skills for working in the computing industry and is a progression route to university or into employment such as:

    • Web Developer
    • Software Developer
    • Programmer
    • Software/Application Developer
    • Information Security Specialist
    • Information Technology Leadership
    • Information Technology Analysts
    • Database Administrator
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Computer Network Specialist
    • Cloud Computing Engineer

    Core modules

    Mandatory modules Year 1

    • Information Technology Systems (exam) 
    • Creating Systems To Manage Information (exam)
    • Programming

    Mandatory modules Year 2

    • IT Project Management
    • Cyber Security & Incident Management (Exam)
    • IT Service Delivery (Exam) *applies to Extended Diploma only

    Optional modules

    • Data Modelling 
    • Website development
    • Mobile Apps Development
    • Computer games and development
    • Big Data and Business Analytics
    • IT Technical support and Management
    • Software testing 
    • Customising and integrating Applications
    • Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools
    • Digital 2D & 3D Graphics 
    • Digital Animation and effects 
    • The Internet of Things
    • Enterprise in IT
    • Business Process Modelling Tools

    NB: Optional units to be confirmed during induction

    How will I be assessed?

    You will study three or four units each trimester. Units will be assessed through exams, projects, assignments, presentations and observation of practical work. Throughout the programme, you will need to collect a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the requirements of the program. Internal units are assessed and graded, added to an overall grade for the qualification.

    Will I have to provide anything?

    You are welcome to bring your own laptop, smartphone or any other technology needed. In addition to the College provided iPad.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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