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IT Introductory (Level 1)

Computing & IT students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC)


IT Introductory (Level 1)

The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (IT) is designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory.

The qualifications give learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic, transferable and sector-specific skills to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning. The Diploma gives learners the opportunity to study a broader range of units from different sectors within the suite.

Why study?

Foundation Skills: Provides foundational skills and knowledge in various vocational areas, helping students identify their interests and career paths.

Practical Experience: Emphasizes practical, hands-on learning, making it ideal for students who prefer experiential education.

Progression Opportunities: Offers pathways to higher-level qualifications and employment, serving as a stepping stone for further education or immediate entry into the workforce.

Personal Development: Enhances personal development and confidence, preparing students for the demands of work and further study.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grades 9-1.

What qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (IT Pathway).

How will I be assessed?

Internally assessed units:

All units in these qualifications are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.

Course content

What will I study?



  • Being organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression plan
  • Working with others


  • Developing Digital Information using IT
  • Using Digital Communication Technologies
  • Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
  • Creating a Website
  • Creating a Storyboard
  • Creating an Animation

Skills gained

What skills will I gain?


  • Writing, speaking and listening to others
  • Using body language to help communication
  • Using communication for different purposes
  • Communicating in a variety of ways, including electronic and social media

Working with others:

  • Setting common goals
  • Showing respect for others in the team and valuing their contributions
  • Listening to others in the team, being open-minded
  • Taking on roles and responsibilities

Problem Solving:

  • Identifying issues by being able to examine information
  • Dealing with change
  • Decision making to find solutions
  • Staying with a problem until it is resolved
  • Using IT to help solve problems

Managing information:

  • Collecting and using information from different sources
  • Determining relevance and accuracy of information
  • Organising information
  • Representing information in different ways
  • Using IT to present and store information

Self-management and development:

  • Setting goals and planning ahead
  • Being proactive and flexible
  • Being resilient and able to work under pressure
  • Monitoring performance and devising strategies for improvement
  • Using IT for time management

Next steps

These qualifications prepare learners for further learning at a higher level across a range of sectors. The development of transferable skills means that learners can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors.

For example, these qualifications in Vocational Studies could lead to Pearson BTEC Level 2 qualifications or apprenticeships.

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.