Course details may be subject to change.
Are you looking to take your first steps into a future career in computing?
This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the in-demand blend of technical and academic knowledge, skills and behaviours to support you.
As you progress, universities and employers will be looking for highly skilled, job-ready individuals with a strong work ethic.
This computing and IT course is perfect for you if your goal is to progress to Higher Education and then employment within the IT industry, it will prepare you to gain specialist computing skills in cyber security or software development.
The computing and IT industry adapts to current needs at an extremely fast pace. Join NCD to study a programmes that reflects this and gain the skill set required.
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and maths
You will hold five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and maths.
You will be required to contribute £20 at the beginning of the academic year to partially fund any trips, visits and offsite activities. NCD can provide financial support where required.
What are the next steps?
You will be invited to meet your tutor to discuss the course and your goals.
You will be required to complete a questionnaire to assess your suitability to the course.
This course aims to develop your knowledge and skills by covering the four mandatory units below. Developing your skills in these areas will allow you to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.
- Information Technology Systems
- Creating Systems to Manage Information
- Using Social Media in Business
- Programming (synoptic).
You will also have the opportunity to study optional units, including:
- Data Modelling
- Website Development
- Mobile Apps Development
- Computer Games Development
Times of Delivery
Full timetables will be confirmed before you start the course. You will receive your timetable during Welcome Fest.
Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.
Teaching and Assessment
You will apply the theory you learn in class to practical tasks.
Assessment methods will include:
- Written assignments
- Team activities
- Live projects
- Research skills
- Personal development
This Foundation Diploma in IT carries UCAS tariff points.
All of the modules covered in the first year will prepare you for progression to Year 2 at NCD to specialise your skills in:
- BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (Cyber Security)
- BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development)