- Four GCSEs at Grade A* to C including English and either Mathematics or a Science or ICT based subject;
- An Intermediate GNVQ qualification at Merit/Distinction plus a Level 2 Certificate in Numeracy and Literacy;
- An Edexcel (BTEC) First Diploma (distinction/merit) in appropriate subjects;
- Plus Level 2 Key Skills in Number and Communication and a good report from lecturers.
You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on workplace situations, using hardware, net and software. The units studied include: Computer Systems, Website Production, PC hardware/software, Computer Networking (CCNA), Computer Games Platforms, Maintaining Computer Systems, IT Technical Support, Communication Technology, Communication and Employability, Network Management and Digital Graphics (all units are subject to change).
Developing the vocational study skills of English, Maths and ICT is crucial to your success on this programme, employers and HE institutions recognise the value of these qualifications and look for evidence on applications and at interviews. Level 2 functional skills qualifications are recognised by universities as evidence of your competence in these subjects. It is important that you have achieved functional skills qualifications at appropriate levels if you wish to progress to higher level programmes. Your skill levels will be assessed during the first two weeks of your programme and you will be assigned classes/workshops to help you develop these skills at the appropriate levels. Attendance at these classes/workshops is compulsory for students under 19.
There are a number of work experience opportunities available to students. Alongside this programme you will have the opportunity to enter UK Skills competitions. Local and regional heats progress towards a national final, from which competitors may win a place in the National World Skills team. The world finals are held biannually, Canada in 2009, London in 2011 and Germany in 2013. We are subject lead for the Cisco competition and will be hosting the Southern Regional heat in the Spring, and are competition lead for Web Design, the UK Finals will be held at Highbury Campus in June. Students from Highbury College have won medals in competitions at the UK Skills level and one made it to the final stages of the World Skills team selection process.