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Pathway to a degree or advanced apprenticeship in computer science

Course Information

IT and Computing

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Pathway to a degree or advanced apprenticeship in computer science


Introductory Diploma: 50% exams, 50% coursework

Certificate: 40% exams, 60% coursework

Exam Board
Entry Requirements
CTEC IT requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway.

CTEC IT requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.

IT and Computing

There is always a demand for IT professionals with high-level skills and this demand is predicted to grow in the future. At Wyke we deliver courses designed to provide you with the skills required to take advantage of the many HE study and career opportunities available in IT.

Cambridge Technical (CTEC) courses available at Wyke: CTEC Introductory Diploma in IT (1x A Level Equivalent) and a Diploma in IT and Computing (2x A Level Equivalent.)

The Introductory Diploma in Information Technology is a great choice for students who are interested in learning about Information Technology and how it is applied in business. You will also have the opportunity to develop App and Web development skills.

The Diploma in Information Technology is a 2-year course combining technical academic content with advanced work-related computing skills. One of the main focuses of this course is software development including computer programming and web, mobile app and games development.

Course Structure

The department uses a number of hi-tech IT suites equipped with the latest hardware and software, a practical lab for the assembly and configuration of computers and networks, and also makes use of interactive on-line resources to facilitate independent learning. Practical skills are an essential part of the course and our well equipped IT suites supported by experienced teachers and skilled technicians ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning and develop skills and confidence in this subject.


Units include*:

  • Fundamentals of IT (Exam)
  • Global Information (Exam)
  • Application Design
  • Product Development
  • Web Design and Prototyping

Units include*:

  • Fundamentals of It (Exam)
  • Global Information (Exam)
  • Cyber Security (Exam)
  • Cloud Technology (Exam)
  • Application Design
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools
  • Mobile Technology
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Software Engineering for Business
  • Games Design and Prototyping
  • Internet of Everything
  • Web Design and Prototyping
  • Cognitive Computing

* Please note due to the rapidly changing IT industry our courses and units are subject to change.

preparation for the course

The units we select for our CTEC courses focus particularly on developing software solutions.

The work is challenging but you will find these resources useful to aid the transition from school to sixth form college.

Try the online HTML & CSS tutorials on:

Our Diploma includes programming, download Visual Studio Community Edition free from:

We suggest you try developing simple programs using this industry–standard software, you will find tutorials online to get you started.

What are the
Next Steps?

Having a qualification in IT can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study computer science, software engineering, computer systems engineering, games programming, computer animation or any other related subject, then then our computing courses are ideal. However, students have used our courses as a stepping stone to a range of courses at university. Possible career choices include: Computer Programmer IT Technician Website Developer Games Developer App Developer Systems Analyst Business IT Manager Having an IT qualification will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, not just in IT. Valued by universities and employers, it is a great qualification to have.

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summer work

At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work for this course will be available on this page to complete following this event.

The Wyke Experience

The department organises visits and activities to enhance learning and also has links with local businesses and HE providers.

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