Why study IT?

We’re in the 21st century and today everything’s about technology. It’s seen in almost every aspect of modern life. If you enjoy technology and specifically keeping up with the latest advances in the field of information technology, you might want to turn your hobby into a career. In today’s society, information is paramount and information technology (IT) influences all kinds of human activity. Benefits of technology include increased productivity in many work-related and personal tasks.

Information technology jobs fall within the full spectrum of computer technology and business. As an IT professional, you would be supporting your clients in reaching their goals and nurturing their corporate culture. Business’ rely on information technology to help them be more productive. This is a career that benefits any business by allowing companies to work more efficiently and to maximise productivity and with that comes faster communication, electronic storage and the protection of important documentation.

Five reasons to study IT

1.Variety of career choices – Information technology is incredibly diverse and it’s not just about fixing computers or laptops.

2. You can see what you’re studying – The biggest part of studying information technology is practical. Doing an information technology course, you won’t just learn the theoretical part but also get the opportunity to do things.

3.Flexible work style – When you’re looking for a job, your personal preferences count. If you prefer working on your own, there are jobs out there in information technology allowing you to do so. You’ll be able to work according to your own schedules.

4.You’ll earn good money – without a doubt, one of the most positive factors is the amount of money you’ll make. Working yourself up the ladder can enable you to earn great money, especially if you’re specialising in a research area or programming language. Information technology professionals fall under the highest paying jobs.

5.Always in demand – As technology progresses the need for information technology professionals will only increase. The better your skill set the more in demand your expertise will be.

Why study IT at Broadstones?

The suite of IT User Skills (ITQ) qualifications aims to equip learners with the IT user skills needed for full participation in employment and society.

The suite of ITQ qualifications recognises employers’ needs for ICT qualifications that reflect real-world skills, and the challenges of work-place learning. They enable recognition of the skills that employers want across a range of levels. This then allows us as a school to target teaching and equipment resources effectively, using flexible approaches to assessment and delivery that ensure all learning counts towards a qualification.

The units chosen allow the strengths of individuals to be considered as well as engaging learners in practical skills, delivered via cross curricular independent projects.

Depending upon the level, units taught consist of:

  • Using email
  • Using the Internet
  • Presentation software
  • Improving Productivity Using IT
  • Using Mobile IT devices
  • Using a computer keyboard
  • IT User fundamentals
  • Spreadsheet software

Pupils will study towards the following qualifications based on their ability:

  • Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award In IT User Skills (ITQ) (Entry 3)
  • Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Certificate In IT User Skills (ITQ) (Entry 3)
  • Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Diploma In IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Diploma In IT User Skills (ITQ)