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1 year course
Standard Entry Requirements
Assessment of Diploma
Extended Cert is approximately equivalent to 2 GCSEs and is made up of coursework assignments. Each unit marked as a Pass(P) , Merit, Distinction or Distinction* (D*). Overall grade for the course ranges from P to a D*.
Units you will study include, communicating in the IT Industry, working in the IT Industry, installing computer hardware, Website development and Installing computer software. Gateway is known for an outstanding end of year exhibition which your work may feature in this.
Students may progress onto Level 3 courses in ICT or Media which can lead either to employment or to university. Alternatively, you could go straight into employment or training. This course provides useful skills which employers value and may lead to a level 3 Apprenticeship. There are a range of organisations you could gain employment in, these include IT, retail, fashion & textiles, and marketing.
The ICT course involves some trips, visits and speakers from the industry and a 2 week placement. We try to make the course as real as possible, in terms of what you might get asked to do if you ever work in the ICT industry. Over the years some of the places we have visited include: Alton Towers- looking at how they use technology in rides; Cadburys World- how ICT is used in the manufacturing process and Jaguar Cars-how they manage their automated systems using IT. During the year we also invite people from universities to talk to you about degree courses, entry requirements and what you can do with an ICT type degree. We organise visits to other universities to find out about courses that they do, we also ask former students to come in and talk about their experiences at University.