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Help use a range of talking therapies to bring about real change in people’s wellbeing with a career in counselling – we offer courses from Level 2 right up to degree-level to develop your knowledge.

We also offer a number of Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body courses, which are beneficial if you intend to pursue a career in counselling.

Courses we offer

Level 2 Intermediate

Information & Creative Technology study programme

Level 3 Advanced Computing

Networking & Systems or Software Development study programme

Computing HNC/HND
Digital Technologies BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Level 2

One year course
3 GCSEs grades A*-C or 9-3 ideally including English and Maths, plus a keen interest in IT

OR IT Users BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Two year course
3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and Maths, plus a keen interest in IT

Level 3

4 GCSEs grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and Maths, plus a keen interest in IT

OR Information & Creative Technology BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate with Functional Skills, plus a keen interest in IT

Level 4 or above

GCSEs A*-C/9-4 in English and maths/Functional Skills, AND 32-48 UCAS tariff points including a Computing subject

OR
IT Apprenticeship Level 3
OR Computing BTEC Level 3 qualification in the subject
OR An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Computing or related subject

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Overview

The Level 2 study programme will provide you with a varied knowledge and understanding of the information technology sector, as well as developing your computing skills and preparing you for a future career in the IT industry. You will study a wide range of topics, including installing and maintaining computer systems, technology systems and website development, together with some aspects of the creative industries, such as multimedia products development.

Level 3 Overview

A Level 3 study programme is equivalent to three A-Levels and will provide you with the knowledge and experience required to start building a career in a range of IT jobs including programmer, web designer, technical support, or networking technician. You will study a range of key topics, including computer systems, software development, website production, computer networks, digital graphics and more.

Higher Education Overview

Our Higher Education courses help you develop specialist technical skills needed in today’s constantly changing world. You will benefit from our excellent cutting edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry experienced teaching staff. The part-time study option offers students the opportunity to combine professional development with their current employment.

HNC & HND Overview

For HNC:
Programming; networking; professional practice; database design & development; security; managing a successful computing project; systems development life cycle; web development.

For HND:
You will choose a specialist pathway to follow; network engineering; applications development; security; computing (general).

Degree Overview

Our degree programme has been developed with industry leaders to build students’ knowledge and skills in a range of subjects; which may include networking, programming, hardware, web development, security and user interface and user experience design. Students then progress on to the second and third year specialising in either Software Development, or Networking and Cyber Security. Students will complete a group research project in the second year and a dissertation in the final year.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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What happens next?

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