Level 2 Diploma IT (Computing)

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This fast paced course is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of key areas within IT, such as website development, computer graphics and database systems.

A combination of work experience and classroom based learning provides learners with the essential skills and employability skills required for progression onto higher education or employment.
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This course aims to:
  • Prepare you for further learning or training
  • Enhance your employability skills
  • Allow you to develop essential transferable and personal skills, such as planning, research and analysis skills
  • Develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject
  • Give you the skills to work with others to develop good communication skills.


  • Communicating in the IT Industry
  • Working in the IT Industry
  • Website Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Systems
  • Database Systems
  • Spreadsheet Modelling.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

This qualification is internally assessed by centre assessors and quality assurance personnel, and will be externally moderated by OCR Visiting Moderators.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Our key industrial link is with Cestria Housing (part of the Isos Group). We have worked closely with them on many projects over the years, including student placements and technical support events for people in the local community. Students have partnered with Cestria Housing whilst completing their Online Owls and Techy Tea Party projects.

Others links include:
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Business Durham
  • Geek Talent
  • Leighton Group
  • British Airways
  • Sage.


You will be required to complete a ten day work placement for each academic year of study. This placement should involve the use of IT e.g. website maintenance, stock management systems or technical support.

You could progress to Level 3 IT at New College Durham, or employment within the industry.

Meet our students

Adam Parkin

Computing and IT student Adam enjoyed his recent work placement:  He worked for 60 hours within the IT department at Advanced Electronics and said it was a brilliant experience.

Scott Hall CS

Scott Hall

After leaving school, Scott joined an apprenticeship in IT, however, by the end of January, he realised that the apprenticeship was coming to an end and there was no employment prospects with his apprenticeship employer.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Additional Costs

You will be required to pay £30 at the start of the course as a contribution towards enrichment activities.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an informal interview to assess your suitability to the course.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

You will hold four GCSEs at grade D or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English.