This qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT and telecoms sector and is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the industry.
You need GCSE English and Maths at grades A-C (Grade 4 or above). You will have an interview prior to your enrolment and you will be required to sit an initial English and maths diagnostic assessment and a 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.
This programme comprises a mix of competence and knowledge-based units such as:
There are also other units for your technical certification.
Your assessor will support and guide you as you work towards the qualification, with assessment taking place both on and off the job. Training in Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Functional Skills will be delivered via a flexible approach, depending on your experience. You will also be assessed while you attend classes in College.
All materials will be provided by Derby College.
You could consider roles such as:
At Level 3 learners could progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Computing and Systems Development. At Level 4 learners could progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development.
After finishing school I wanted to focus specifically on IT and achieved better results when doing course work so chose a BTEC National Diploma at Derby College. I really enjoyed focusing solely on IT but having various different disciplines with the IT, it gave me a varied understanding of what is expected within each different branch of IT. My time at the College gave me an understanding of different roles that I could do in a work environment and what skills are applicable in each field. I use of the technical programming skills I learnt at the College on a day to day basis.
The most exciting part of my current role is training and developing new staff members, helping them to learn new technical process and learning transferable skills that can go across the industry.