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Suitable for 16-18
Level 1
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 36 weeks
Subject area Digital Skills & IT
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

This course is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in IT. It will enable you to receive a great introduction to the world of technology. You can utilise this course as the first stepping stone towards your goal of working in one of the fastest growing industries and obtaining your first industry recognised qualification.

Course description

On completion of the course, you will take an exam to obtain the Fundamentals qualification. On passing these exams and other assessments you will also earn the Level 1 Certificate in IT User skills.

During the course you will develop an understanding in each of the following areas:

  • PC components and their functionality
  • Networking and Security
  • Installing, configuring and administering hardware and software
  • Use of a variety of Microsoft Office and productivity applications
  • Effective use of technology

You will learn in a variety of ways - through talks and demonstrations, by completing practical tasks and exercises, by independent study and by evaluation and assessment of your work. The course includes industry research and report writing, the development of your CV and identifying the employment role that best suits your abilities and aspirations. English, maths and IT will form an integral part of your studies on the course. Field trips are also planned during the course.

The course is based at Newham College's East Ham Campus (ten minutes from East Ham tube) in modern, well-equipped classroom.

Additional information

Entry requirements

You will need at 4 passes at GCSE: D-E and Entry level 3 in English or Maths. Many students progress from ESOL.

Applicants will be offered a Level 1 course where:

  • They do not require discrete English, basic skills or numeracy provision;
  • They do not have evidence that they meet the College's entry criteria for a Level 2 course;
  • It is determined that the learner can reasonably meet the assessment criteria of the programme by the end of the course.

Entry onto all full time courses is also subject to:

  • a) Completion of college assessment
  • b) Successful interview

Overseas equivalent qualifications will also be considered as determined by qualified guidance staff within the Admissions team

You will sit an initial assessment of your English and Maths as well as an IT assessment.

You must also be aged between 16-18 in order to enrol for this course.


The certification is ideal for students preparing to enter the IT workforce. The certificate will enable you to apply for various roles within the IT industry such as positions in entry level customer support and IT Sales roles.

The certificate can be a stepping stone to higher certifications in CompTIA and Microsoft; the two most highly recognised industry IT standards in the world.

Students who complete the Level 1 Certificate often progress to Level 2 to become a trained IT Technician. You could also progress to our other level 2 courses including Software.

Fees and funding

This course is FREE for 16-18 year old students.p>

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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