Course Overview

Designed in Collaboration with Higher Education providers and Local Business, the Networking and Systems Support course will help to develop your critical thinking and vocational skills. If you are hoping to progress onto a career in Networking and Systems Support, Network Security or Server Management,  this work-related course is ideal for you.
Throughout the course, our links with industry will help you to develop a greater awareness of professional practices in preparation for your work placement within a local IT Service Provider. You will learn a core set of technical skills aligned to leading vendors, which are increasingly sought after within the IT sector. On completion of the course, you will be ready to enter higher education, join an apprenticeship scheme or start work within the IT Industry.
This course is equivalent to three A levels and is therefore perfect for entry to degree programmes.
Partner Certifications:
Cisco Network Academy
Bradford College is a regional training provider on behalf of the Cisco Network Academy. Our courses are aligned with the IT Essentials and the Cisco Certified Network Associate qualifications that provide students with vendor related certificates in addition to the BTEC Qualification. These provide evidence that students are able deliver the essential configuration and troubleshooting skills associated with vendor related qualifications.
Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. More than 6 million people have joined the Networking Academy and become a force for change in the digital economy since 1997.
New for 2018 / 2019, Bradford College has partnered with CompTIA, the units covered within the course are closely mapped with the CompTIA certification and will give students the opportunity to apply for these highly coveted certifications.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world. With more than 2,000,000 IT certifications issued worldwide, CompTIA is dedicated to helping IT professionals lead the charge in our digitally connected world.
World Skills UK
World Skills UK is all about improving the prestige of technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life. Each year students compete in the national skills competitions. Designed by industry experts, the Competitions equip students with the world-class skills needed to help UK businesses better compete globally.
Bradford College are the hosts of the Yorkshire Heats of the World skills Competitions and our students are proving they are able to compete on a national stage against students from all around the United Kingdom. 


Course Structure

This two-year course is designed to enable students to take their first step into the IT industry or go on to University. Employers and Higher Education providers are looking for students with employability at the heart. This course will enable learners to develop the skillset required to go on and have a successful future within the IT Sector. Each student will have the opportunity to take part in a work placement with a local IT provider as part of their course.
Students will complete 7 Mandatory Units and 6 Optional Units which will include units mapped to vendor related certifications.
Modules Covered:
  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer systems
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
  • Software Design and Development Project
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption
  • Business Applications of Social Media
  • The Impact of Computing.
  • Website Development
  • Managing and Supporting Systems
  • Relational Database Development
  • Computer Networking
  • Systems Analysis and Design


Entry Requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-4 including English and Mathematics or an equivalent full Level 2 IT qualification at Merit and GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment.
Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process.

How You Will Be Assessed

    You will be assessed throughout the course by assignments and practical assessments. This will include project work and lab activities.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].