ComputingVocational • Level 2
About the course
The Level 2 course provides learners with an introduction to the skills, qualities and knowledge that is required for employment in the IT/Computing sector. This course meets the needs of the Post 16 learners who come to College with a view to forging a career in the IT/Computing sector. The course is designed to be taken over one year and it assess the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential to the course and the IT/Computing industry, it ensures that all learners receive a thorough grounding in the sector to support progression to their next stage in education or employment by providing a closer focus on a vocational areas, supporting progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic course or to an Apprenticeship. The course is designed to be delivered in such a way as to bring together appropriate content with practical and technical skills. Learners are encouraged to develop their interpersonal skills and to become independent learners. The course will demand a lot of practical work from learners, who will complete a range of units, exams and assessments that will demonstrate their skills. In addition to the main qualification, the course offers pastoral care and support (group tutorials and 1-1 support), English, Maths and additional qualification and enrichment activities. The course enables learners to develop transferable skills and behaviors such as communication, listening, working with others, problem solving, managing information whilst ensuring learners recognise the importance of self- management and development, being organised, being on time and managing their time and workload efficiently using SMART targets. These are the skills and behaviors that are valued by employers and this course will give learners the opportunity to develop these skills alongside the knowledge needed in the IT/Computing sector and support progression opportunities to Level 3 BTECs or other study programmes. Firstly, this course leads to progression onto a level 3 course, with the opportunity to progress to university or an apprenticeship and ultimately into the world of work. Almost all companies and industries use information technology and computing, therefore the range of companies that learners could ultimately find themselves employed is vast and could include: large technology companies; finance and commerce companies; local government and the Civil Service; the National Health Service (NHS); games development companies; web design and development agencies; aerospace companies; manufacturing and engineering firms; education. The skills these companies are looking for include: Computer Skills; Computing General; IT Security; IT Support; Programming and Development; Systems and Networks; Web and Multimedia;
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
Two GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language OR a relevant Level 2 Diploma and GCSE at grade 5 in English Language.
Careers & Progression
On successful completion of this course you may decide to progress onto the Extended Diploma in Computing, an Apprenticeship and then a Higher/Degree Apprenticeship. You will also have the opportunity to progress onto a wide variety of Degree courses. Careers that this course may lead to include Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Web Developer and Computer Systems Analyst.
Extra curricular activities
There are plenty of activities and visits to take part in that will help you achieve your ambitions. Past visits have included: Residentials to Outdoor Elements for team building activities, visits to local software development companies and the opportunity to take part in the Digital Advantage project and competition. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.