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Digital Software Practitioner Level 2

Should I go out to work and earn some money as soon as possible – or should I go to college and continue my education? Would I get a decent job - do I have any skills to offer an employer? Do I prefer a more practical approach to learning? If you don't have the answers to these questions, then we may have just the course for you!


The course will offer you the business IT skills that employers want as well as introducing you to the creative side of IT with web design, animation and multimedia. It also develops your communication skills and provides an understanding of the careers available in IT. If you do well you will be able to gain the OCR Cambridge Technicals Diploma in ICT.


When you are not attending training for your IT skills in college, we would encourage you to have a part time job which would have to fit around your college timetable. The skills you learn in this adult working environment, such as relating well to your colleagues, dealing with the public, punctuality and responsibility, will all be essential when you start your full time career in the workplace.


Please note that the course title was perviously called: Gateway to Creative IT




Search your career options if you study Gateway to Creative IT Level 2

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will learn:

    Basic concepts of IT

    • Principles of web design and basic HTML web page coding
    • Dreamweaver
    • Computer graphics and flash animation
    • Multimedia
    • Business IT skills
    • Employability and communications

    The course is taught in modules. Some lessons will be formal while others will give you an opportunity to work independently within the classroom environment.

    This course encourages a 'hands on' approach to training and all the necessary course materials will be provided. You may use the Learning Resource Centre and its computer suites as additional resources.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Regular written and verbal feedback is given in a weekly tracking session

    • You will have to complete a portfolio of evidence, based on practical tasks and written assignments.
    • Each unit is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. These combine to give overall course grade.
    • Finally, and most importantly, you will have to attend all your classes and arrive punctually.
  • What skills will I need for the course?

    It is crucial that you are keen to succeed on this course and learn all you can during the year. You must be self-motivated and remember that you are working towards a good job in the future. It is a requirement that you have already used a computer, know your way around the keyboard and are able to use a mouse. No specialised knowledge is required but the more familiar you are with computers – the better. Ideally you will enjoy being creative with IT!

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths at grade 3 or equivalent Functional Skills, and basic keyboard skills.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will need a USB Flash Drive (£5) and stationery (£10).

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