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What's Involved

The BTEC Level 1 Diploma for IT Users is designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you need for work and to help you achieve your full potential. It is a practical hands-on programme, taught in the context of real jobs and careers in the IT sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills.

The course will enable you to:

  • use ICT for the presentation and manipulation of information;
  • learn and apply the basic skills needed by those working in ICT services;
  • develop life skills in the context of personal development and handling finance;
  • gain an appreciation of jobs in IT and prepare for employment;
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the equipment that uses ICT in the digital age.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements for this course, however, many students join the course with the following backgrounds:

  • an Entry Certificate in Skills for Working Life, or Life Skills or, other Entry level qualification;
  • an appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy;
  • related interests and experiences.

A good standard of attendance, behaviour and effort will need to be demonstrated. A school report, a reference from school or other responsible persons such as previous employers can cover this.

Acceptance onto the course is by interview with a member of the course academic team.

Where will it take me?

Students who pass the course usually progress to the BTEC Level 2 course in ICT. However, you can progress onto other BTEC Level 2 courses at the College if you have achieved at least an overall Merit grade.

Exceptionally, older students may progress onto a Higher Education Access course.

Course Assessment Method

All IT units are assessed through a portfolio which you build up by completing assignments throughout the year.

The following units need to be completed to pass the course:

  • Improving productivity;
  • User fundamentals;
  • IT communications;
  • Using the internet;
  • Using e-mail;
  • Design software;
  • Imaging software;
  • Desktop publishing;
  • Using a database;
  • Presentation software;
  • Spreadsheet software;
  • Website software;
  • Word processing.

Where and When

Information Technology Level 1 Introductory Diploma BTEC

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
J012D1F-19 Full Time 02/09/2019 £1,100 £0 £1,100 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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