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Hardware and Networking

Hardware and Networking

Faculty of Digital Technologies

What will I study?

You will be able to study the following qualifications and pathways in this subject:

·         Pearson BTEC Introductory in Information Technology – Level 1 (All Pathways)

·         Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate in Information and Creative Technology Level 2 (Hardware Pathway)

  • Pearson BTEC Diploma Computing – Computer Systems and Network Support  Pathway Level 3

Our courses prepare you for an exciting career in the Digital, IT and Creative industry. BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, recognise that these qualifications are fit for purpose with regard to progression towards a professional career in IT or towards continuing education in Computing and Information Technology. After level 3 you can progress to degree courses and IT apprenticeships; preparing you to enter this lucrative and rewarding industry. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills that will give you a broad base of knowledge whilst developing specialist skills in the pathway of your choice. From building computers, installing operating systems, developing software and creating applications, websites and programs are just some of the elements you will cover.

 

You will develop your skills on your Level 3 Computer Systems and Network Support Pathways in our CISCO Academy workshop and in our programming labs.  You will learn to implement and design network and cyber security, network maintenance and how to set up operational systems, devices and cloud computing systems.  For practical work on computers, we have our specialist lab with a CISCO academy to develop your skills across networking and cyber security. In addition to your diploma you will have the opportunity to complete Core maths and you will complete an Extended Project Qualification and /or CISCO certifications.

Modules and Topics

Level 1 Units:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
  • Creating a Website

Level 2 Units:

  • The Online World
  • Technology Systems
  • A Digital Portfolio
  • Spreadsheet Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Installing and Maintaining Computer Hardware
  • Installing and Maintaining Computer Software
  • Computational Thinking
  • Building a Personal Computer 

Level 3 Units - Computer Systems and Network Support

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
  • Building Computer Systems
  • IT systems Security
  • Managing and Supporting Systems
  • Virtualisation
  • Programmable Devices and Controllers
  • Computer Forensics
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Communication Technologies

Developing your experience within your industry area is very important. It is important that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with work experience and our tutors have brilliant industry links with many relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you different opportunities to complete projects and tasks. With this we have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who come in to work projects; this will broaden your understanding of different career routes you may wish to follow.

Our links with industry ensure you are equipped with the best and most relevant knowledge. For example Microsoft's Global Account Technology Strategist has visited our students to give a presentation about Artificial Intelligence. Further links include Sopra Steria, UK fast, CISCO, AX Paris and individuals from the IT industry who deliver master classes and lectures about their roles in industry.

 

 


What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

Level 2 - Intermediate Apprenticeship in IT Professional (Hardware/Software)

Level 3 - Advanced Apprenticeship in Infrastructure Technician

Level 3 - Advanced Apprenticeship in IT & Telecoms Professional (Hardware/Software)

Level 4 - Higher Apprenticeship in Network Engineer

The primary role of an Infrastructure Technician is to provide IT support to internal and external customers, infrastructure technicians help them to be productive when using technology to do their jobs, by using tools to solve problems and troubleshoot unusual issues.

In this role, you will set people up on IT systems and provide support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain productivity. It may mean dealing with customers and colleagues in today's work environment, where everything needs to be synced with a computer network and working correctly, from a smartphone to a department's Cloud-hosted files. You will need to interact professionally at all times and be able to explain how to fix technical problems in a clear manner.

This Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship will give you an excellent grounding in IT, arming you with the knowledge of how to fix issues with a number of IT systems, hardware and software. You will develop an understanding of a range of cabling and connectivity as well as the various types of antennas and wireless system used within a system. You will also get to grips with the similarities, differences and benefits of the current operating systems that are available to businesses; learn how to implement disaster recovery plans and become familiar with coding and logic.

How will I be assessed?

Level 1: Portfolio based assignments

Level 2 & 3: Assignments, Exams & Synoptic Projects

 

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Technical knowledge and understanding is assessed on programme through a combination of Ofqual-regulated Knowledge Modules and specified vendor and professional qualifications. These must be passed before the end point assessment can take place.

The final, end point assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship. It is based on:

  • Portfolio which is a showcase of the students work and is developed towards the last few months. This aims to show the wide range of skills and knowledge that have been developed.
  • Project - giving the apprentice the opportunity to undertake a business related project over a one week period away from the day to day workplace.
  • Employer reference.
  • Structured interview with an assessor - exploring what has been produced in the portfolio and the project as well as looking at how it has been produced

What will this lead to?

Our Level 2 course is designed as a pathway onto our Level 3 Diploma in Computer Systems and Network Support. After completion of Level 3, progression options include university, full time employment or our own IT Apprenticeship. Possible roles include IT Technician, Network Engineer, Cyber Security Specialist and Computer Forensics.

Our students who choose to continue their studies at university generally choose higher education courses such as broadcast Computer Science, Cyber Security, and Computer Forensics.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Apprenticeships are a key entry point to the significant career opportunities that the digital industry sector can provide. The Register of IT Technicians, managed by BCS, provides independent recognition that completing an apprenticeship is the beginning of a career in the IT profession.

People completing this apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for a place on the independent Register of IT Technicians, providing recognition of their competence in applying technical skills in a business environment whilst signing up to a professional code of conduct and behaviours. This confirms SFIA professional competence. A place on the Register acknowledges that those achieving these standards have joined the professional community, and opens the door to the continued support, career development and guidance that professional bodies provide.

Professional body involvement and recognition in the development of the standards and the approach to assessment is a further, independent, check on quality assurance both for the apprenticeships delivered against the standards and an individual’s assessment against them.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Hardware and Networking

Faculty: Digital Technologies

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time, Traineeship

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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