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In Short


All kinds of businesses rely on a Computing and IT infrastructure, with highly skilled engineers, designers and programmers commanding high pay.  You will develop a wide range of skills, including computer programming, cyber security, games development, website development, social media and digital graphics & animation.  Our strong links with the IT industry will ensure the provision of relevant work experience and specialist speakers.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and maths (or equivalent)


Level 2 (Technical) Diploma at Merit or Distinction.

Mature students and those with relevant experience or special circumstances are also invited to apply.


Course Content

Year 1

Principles of Computer Science – written exam

Fundamentals of Computer Systems – written exam

IT Systems Security and Encryption

Website Development

The Impact of Computing

Business Applications of Social Media


Year 2

Planning and Management of Computing Projects – externally assessed project

Software Design and Development Project – controlled assessment (Python or C)

Relational Database Development

Computer Networking

Object-oriented Programming

Computer Games Development

Digital Graphics and Animation

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is in the form of two written exams in year one plus course work.

In year two you will be required to complete two externally set controlled projects plus course work.



This is an excellent way to start your career in the IT industry. Although it may be possible to get a job following this course, most students will progress to study an HND in Computing here at Weymouth College, an Apprenticeship or another higher education course.



You will need a USB stick (16GB) and ideally a computer at home for study purposes. This is not essential, but desirable. Much of the software needed for the course is free, and may be installed at home for no cost. It is not expected that you will need to pay for any software at home. Recommended reading will be discussed at interview.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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