This course covers more advanced computing/IT skills that can be applied in a broad spectrum of job roles. With technology becoming ever more powerful and complex, this qualification enables learners to keep pace with latest developments, use IT extensively in their role and contribute to the efficient running of their workplace.
You need GCSE grades A-C (Grade 4 or above) in English and Maths. You will have an interview prior to your enrolment on this course and you will be required to sit an initial English and Maths diagnostic assessment and skillscan. Your assessor will carry these out at your workplace. In addition to good literacy and numeracy skills, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined.
Learners choose to take 39 credits from a broad variety of unit options relevant to their job. These will be discussed in detail with your assessor.
Mandatory units are: Improving Productivity Using IT Skills; Understanding the Potential of IT; and Developing Personal and Team Effectiveness Using IT.
Learners are also required to complete Functional Skills - English Level 2, Maths Level 2 and ICT Level 2 - plus Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
A dedicated mentor and assessor will support and guide the learner towards the qualification, with assessment taking place both on and off the job. Training in Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Key Skills will be delivered via a flexible approach, depending on the learner's experience.
Learners can develop their portfolio of qualifications further by progressing to another course at a higher level such as a Foundation Degree, HNC or HND.
Or, job role permitting, you may consider further apprenticeships in areas such as administration, customer service or team leading.
Working for prestigious knitwear brand John Smedley has brought marketing apprentice Sam Lavelle lots of exciting opportunities – not least meeting the Prime Minister at London Fashion Week.Sam, who is taking digital marketing qualifications via Derby College as part of his apprenticeship, was among a number of UK fashion apprentices who spoke with Theresa May during the event.The Prime Minister was there to champion the UK's fashion industry – and highlight the vital contribution apprenticeships make in ensuring the sector remains a global leader.Sam, who has been with John Smedley since April, is delighted to have the chance to work alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable people on a daily basis.He is also enjoying working towards an OCR in IT through Derby College which will further his digital marketing skills.Sam said:
It's great. My tutors are supportive and I'm assessed in the workplace so I don't have to go into college. A lot of my learning is done online, which is also very convenient, and my assessors are flexible with meetings.
"Digital marketing is a big part of my role at John Smedley and I'm heavily involved in producing social media and other written website content for the company's central hub.