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Target audience 

This programme is designed to provide opportunities to progress to Level 2 qualifications in either ICT, Art and Design or Business. Students will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes, which are essential for successful performance in working life. It also provides opportunities to progress to other vocational areas across the College for those who have not yet decided on a specific sector to follow. The Level 1 Diploma is validated by Pearson Edexcel.

Entry requirements 

Students enrolling to this course must attend an informal interview. For learners who have recently been in education, the profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • An Entry 3 qualification
  • A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grades 1-3
  • Other related qualifications
  • Related work experience
Applicants must be aware that if students do not have a GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths and/or English, they will have to undertake further study in these subjects as part of their programme of study in addition to the main 'core' qualification.
Course content 

Units offered include:

  • Using the Internet
  • Using Email
  • Word Processing Software
  • Self Assessment
  • Career Progression
  • Using a Computer in Business Administration
  • Creating Business Documents
  • IT User Fundamentals
Students will also learn to work within a team, gain transferable skills, manage time, take responsibility for their own work and become self-reliant. There is an expectation that students will work in their own time to complete the necessary reading, homework and assessment tasks.
Teaching & Learning 

Through a combination of practical experience, written assignments and reviews, the vocational qualification provides the Level 1 learner with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for further progression.

Assessment criteria 

Assessment during and at the end of each module is classroom based.Throughout the course, students are assessed through written and practical assignments, which are marked by the course tutor. All assessment is internally set and marked against Pearson Edexcel set criteria. To achieve a 'pass' a learner must have successfully passed all the assessment criteria.


On completion of the course, students may progress onto a further education course aimed at level 2 attainment.

Other information 

The college will recruit learners to BTEC qualifications with integrity.It is expected that students will make every effort to attend all sessions. Students must have a commitment to completing the course. Those students with work and/or family commitments should be aware of the duration of the course and the need to attend all classes.

The college will take appropriate steps to assess each applicant's potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to complete the programme of study successfully and achieve the qualification. This will include ensuring that applicants have appropriate information and advice about the qualification and that the qualification will meet their needs.


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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