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Level 2 in IT (Traineeship) (Equivalent to 4+ GCSE's)

Level 2


This traineeship is aimed at those interested in following a career path in IT/Computing who have achieved less than four GCSEs at Grade C. This course provides a practical, work related introduction to Computing and IT.

Learners will be inspired to learn by completing projects and 100% coursework based with no exams that are based on the latest IT technologies and creative industries such as programming, Hardware, Cyber, and website development etc.

Mobile technology, WhatsApp, robotics, cyber security, drones and use of Alexa/Google Home will be taught throughout the course.

They will also be given the opportunity to improve their employability and personal development skills through work experience\simulation and achieve a transferral skills qualification.

Year One

There are six units over one year of full time study.

  • Unit 1: IT Essentials
  • Unit 2: Computer Systems
  • Unit 3: Programming
  • Choose 2 Optional Units from:
  • Security/Cyber Security
  • Database
  • Networking
  • Data Modelling using Excel
  • Games Development
  • Web Development
  • Choose 1 Optional Unit from:
  • Emerging Technology
  • Graphic Design

You must hold a minimum of a Level 1 qualification, defined as four GCSEs at grades D to G including Maths and English grades D to E, or equivalent.

As a practical, vocational course, assessment will be carried out through the use of projects that is 100% coursework based with no exams, internally assessed by the lecturers over two semesters.

Achievement of the Full NI Traineeship Diploma

Those that complete the qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at Grade C passes including English (or Communications Level 2) and Maths (or Application of Number Level 2) will receive an overarching NI Traineeship Diploma issued by the Department for the Economy.

Partial Achievement

Trainees who do not achieve all of the components will be recognised for partial achievement. This may mean that the trainee passes the professional & technical qualification but does not achieve level 2 communication or level 2 numeracy. Trainees who have partial achievement may be able to progress to FE Level 3.


This qualification has been designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to enable progression to further education in the same or related areas, progress onto Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing (RQF) course or gain employment within the computer industry.

Career Pathways include IT Technician, IT Sales and Technical Support.

Dependent on Campus students will also be offered :-

Transferral Skills Qualification

Work Experience\Simulations\PBL

Essential skills in Communication. Numeracy and ICT

GCSE Maths & English (resit)

1 Available Session

*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




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