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What career opportunities can this lead to?

What does it take to be a successful software engineer, computer animator, graphic designer or help desk support manager? In our fast paced, online world, there are many exciting opportunities in information technology, requiring a broad range of skills such as literacy, numeracy, technical, creativity, problem solving and team working skills.

The Level 2 Computer Science programme provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and developing the specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the industry, such as:
-Understanding the online world, services and communication, and the impact it has on business, social networking and online security
-Developing technical skills by learning about hardware, software, networking and data and the relationship between them all
-Using creative, communication and presentation skills when designing and producing a digital portfolio.

If you achieve a Distinction grade at Level 2 and complete GCSE Maths and English to at least a C / 4 grade, you can apply to progress onto the Level 3 Computer Science programmes upon completion of this course. It is possible to undertake 1 GCSE retake during this one year course.

What are the entry requirements?

You will require at least five GCSEs These should be in 3 subjects graded D /3 or better and should include English and Mathematics from grades 9-3.

Any student without the required grades in English or Maths will be required to continue study in this area.

All applicants should also complete a successful interview in college, demonstrating interest and commitment to study and have good attendance and attainment reports from a previous school or college. A firm commitment to seek on-going study at Level 3 in the Computer Science field is required.

What does this programme involve?

This programme provides a foundation to all aspects of computing, with a strong bias towards practical study that mirrors how industry works. Learners will study a range of topics designed to give them a firm grounding in Computer Science and enable them to progress to more specialised training, such as the Level 3 Computer Science programmes. During the programme, you will learn among other things, how to create a computer network on Linux and Windows and how to create 2D animation.

As a Microsoft IT Academy Program Member we are able to offer Microsoft certification alongside many of our units of study.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

There are two formal exams, which students will sit in addition to collecting evidence in an electronic portfolio (coursework). The programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical sessions and group work.

What else do I need to know?

All students can use our Learning Centre which is fully equipped with modern PCs, printers and scanners. Access to the Internet is available in all computer rooms. All full-time students will be provided with email facilities for use with coursework.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
ITA1 Eastleigh College 10/9/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,617.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

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