In line with the latest government guidance we have re-opened to certain groups of students can still get in touch if you need any advice.


Information Technology BTEC Introductory Diploma level 1 – C5118

Apply Now

Course Overview

Designed to be taken over one year, giving you the opportunity to develop a range of skills in the IT sector and supporting progression on to further study. The introductory course will help you develop a wide range of skills including problem solving, communication and research, to prepare you for the next level of study. You will develop your understanding of digital communication technologies, explore website design and spreadsheets and learn how to develop computer programs.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Core Units
Unit A1 – Being Organised
Unit A2 – Developing a Personal Progression Plan
Unit A3 – Working with others
Unit A4 – Researching a Topic

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake work experience.

Optional Units
Solving Technical IT Problems
Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
Creating a Website
Creating a Computer Program
Developing a Digital Product
Creating a Digital Animated Graphics

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 1/2 (E/F/G) or above is required.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via coursework completed over one year. You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades.

If you have a disability you may be allowed additional time to complete the examination. If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1250.00

Additional Costs

Trip fees will be payable in year as and when trips are organised. You will need to top up your printing credits during the year to print your work out.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

Learn more about fees

Course and Career progression

Learners who have successfully completed and achieved this course may wish to apply for the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology course. The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology course is a one year course which once completed will lead to progressing on to the BTEC level 3 courses.

What Happens Next

Once you have chosen your course, if you wish you can attend one of our Open Days or careers events where both welfare and careers advice are available. Apply online via the College website or UCAS Progress (if your school is subscribed). You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

Print Course Information

View our related Computing Courses