Level 1 – This course is suitable if you have little knowledge or skills in IT or computing. It will introduce you to how IT is used in the real world. You will also have classroom sessions to help build your general knowledge and maths and English skills.
Level 2 – If you want a career providing computing services, this course could be ideal. It is widely recognised by employers and will improve your job prospects in a wide area of IT related fields.
Level 3 – Whether you are considering a career in IT or further study at university, this course offers a great combination of theoretical and practical topics to broaden your knowledge of IT skills and will prepare you for both destinations.
Above National Average results.
Very supportive and friendly staff.
Work experience element within the course.
Easy progression to Level 2, 3 and Higher Education.
Opportunity for national trips.
Games Designer, Software Developer, IT Technician, Website Designer, Graphic Designer, IT Systems Analyst, Product Developer
What can I go on to do?
Progress to a higher education programme or Access to HE Diploma
If you are aged 16-19 and have not achieved GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths, any programme you choose will require you to continue studying English and maths.
Current Level 3 IT Student
Beth is a former Caister High School student who initially left school and went to Sixth Form to study A-Levels. Realising this is not what she wanted, she left after the first year and enrolled on the level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT at Great Yarmouth College.
Initially, her parents disapproved but once they read about the course at GYC and started to see Beth’s results they couldn’t have been happier; her Dad even said he wanted to do the course himself!
Beth is timetabled in College 4 days a week, but tutors are flexible for students who have arranged to do work experience, which is a requirement of the course. Although students do not have to arrange work until near the end of the course, Beth has already completed her placement! She arranged to work at TMS Media for two days at the end of October.
Beth is particularly interested in graphic design, so spent her time at TMS working with their designers who shared their skills and knowledge with her. She worked on a poster project for a TMS client and did some website research as well as learning to use a Mac for the first time!
In her own time, Beth likes to work on her own projects using software such as Adobe Illustrator and Flash. She also has a part time job at Lathams.
Beth says “Coming to GYC has helped me decide what I want to do next, when before I didn’t know!”. She plans to find an Apprenticeship in graphic design once she has completed her course.
Following completion of the first year of her course, Beth achieved Distinction* and is now working towards the same for her second year!