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Digital Industries courses at

The Isle of Wight College

Formal qualifications that are trusted for education and employment
Exceptionally high success rates for learners leading to positive destinations
Structured support systems for all learners

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The course levels

We offer courses from Foundation Level to Higher Education making sure that every learner can access the right course

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Understand the structure

Your personal development for your career is a journey through different levels of skills and knowledge. Each stage completed should lead you securely to the next level so that you equip yourself with exactly what you need for the destinations you want.

Foundation Level. Broadly equivalent to Level 1 and the starting point for learners who lack formal academic qualifications, or those who need to establish a track-record to restart the academic journey
Intermediate Level. Broadly equivalent to Level 2 which is the level of GCSE subjects in the school curriculum. Learners will have some GCSE success and will start at this level if they need to improve their existing qualifications for employment or academic progression.
Advanced Level. Broadly equivalent to Level 3 which is the level of A-Level subjects in the school curriculum. Learners will have achieved a good standard at Intermediate or GCSE/Level 2 and will be seeking to complete their education with quailifications that will allow them to access Higher Education, Higher Apprenticeships or specific jobs in the Digital Industries sector.
Higher Education. Broadly equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate degree course at a university. Leaners will have achieved a good standard at Advanced or Level/Level 3 and will want to equip themselves with a qualification offering high levels of success in securing employment. Learners who achieve well in the course at College can 'top-up' their HND Award to a full Bachelor's degree through additional study at a qualifying university.

Courses offered

Study at each level involves a programme of study built around a 'main' qualification. In addition to that qualification, learners develop English and Maths skills and gain experience of the workplace.

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Main Qualifications

These are the formally certificated components of the programme of study. They are developed and certificated by specialised Awarding Organisations who manage the internationally recoginsed standards of each one.

Foundation Level: This programme is based around the BTEC Introductory in IT. It is a unit based course offering development of core computing skills.

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Intermediate Level: This programme is based around the Level 2 City and Guilds TechBac 5220-021. It is a unit based course and is assessed through an online exam and an end of course assignment project.

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Advanced Level: This is a two-year programme is based around the Level 3 City and Guilds TechBac qualifications. In the first year learners complete 5220-030 and can progress to the second year if they pass that course. In the second year, learners complete 5220-032. It is a unit based course and is assessed through an online exam and an end of course assignment project.

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Higher Education HND/HNC: This programme is offered by the College on behalf of the University of Chichester and learners are enrolled as students at the University. It leads to achevement of a Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate awarded by the University

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Programmes of Study

The main levels of courses are structured around qualifications which are awarded formal certificates. In addition to the main qualifications, the learner completes different aspects of learning to develop their skills and meet the needs of employers.

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Programme elements

These are the different components of the course used to build full-time programmes that are eligible for funding through entitlement or loans.

English and Maths Up to, and including, study at Advanced/Level 3, learners who have not achieved a GCSE Grade 'C' (4) in English and/or Maths will be obliged to study them ay College. This is a formal requirement set by the UK Government for all students in Further Education. Achievement of these GCSEs in English and/or Maths may be required before a learner can join some programmes of study, jobs or courses at university.
Tutorials All College learners have access to formal reviews in Academic Tutorials to help them understand the progress they are making in their course. Additionally, the College has an exceptionally strong team of advisers who can help learners deal with non-academic issues such as funding, travel and personal concerns.
Work experience Learners are given opportunities to have direct contact with employers to help them understand the nature of the skills required in the workplace. In some cases, the contact will be outside the College in the employer's business, and in others employers will come the the College to provide guidance and supervise work-related activities.