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Level 1 Computing

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Broxbourne Campus
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This course will ensure you develop the theoretical and practical skills to progress on to a Level 2 Computing programme, another Level 2 programme or to employment. You will use Microsoft applications such as Powerpoint, Word and Excel as well as developing a web page, graphics and animation skills. You will also develop fundamental life skills, for example being organised, working with others, personal development planning and a requirement to improve your English and maths.

What makes Computing at HRC Special?

  • You will work with employers on work placement to develop your employability and communication skills
  • You will be taught by industry-trained lecturers
  • Develop your English and maths whilst studying a vocational course of your choice
  • A great way to start a career in computing
  • Top of the range equipment and facilities

What do our students say?

“I am happy with the college and the course I am studying, and I feel comfortable with the staff around the college”

“I am really enjoying my course”

If you achieve at least a Merit and have progressed in both Functional Skills/GCSE, you will be able to progress on to a Level 2 programme. Most learners move on to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT. You could also choose to go into employment or find an apprenticeship.
The course gives you the opportunity to achieve three different qualifications: Introductory Diploma in IT, Functional Skills in English and/or maths (GCSE retake for those with an equivalent of a Grade 3/Level 1).Diploma in IT:
  • Developing digital information
  • Using digital communication technologies
  • Creating a spreadsheet to solve problems
  • Creating a website
  • Creating a digital animated graphic
  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic
Functional Skills: English and/or maths.  Opportunities to retake GCSE English/maths where appropriateWork Experience: Minimum of 30 hoursIndependent Study: Up to 72 hours of online learning to develop a portfolio of skills
There will be group and personal tutorials where you will build personal, social and employability skills. You will have the opportunity to go on trips to visit IT working environments.
Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Methods of assessment vary depending on the unit.  Functional skills/GCSEs will be assessed by coursework and external assessment.
You will need to be well motivated and enthusiastic and show a keen interest in computers. You will need to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills to at least Entry Level 3 or equivalent in maths and English.  If you are not sure what level you are currently at you can request to take a diagnostic assessment.If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411
You will need a selection of note-taking items, including a notepad and pen plus a memory stick.If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or
Free to Home students under 19 on 31 August 2024.  If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on 31 August 2024, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2023/2024 and could be subject to change for 2024/2025). If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list.  Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.  For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email

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Level 1 Computing
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