Delivered over five weekly sessions, this short IT course is aimed at adult students who want to get the most out of their courses through effective use of College IT systems.
As digital skills are now at the forefront of all learning, it is essential that students are digitally ready for their chosen courses, enabling them to access all available systems and online resources.
The course will give students valuable skills in logging into College laptops and various systems and an insight into using MS Teams, College email and Moodle.
There are no entry requirements for this course. Its aim is to build your IT confidence, whatever your starting point, and provide you with the basic skills that are used in the majority of College programmes.
During the course you will learn:
There is no formal assessment. Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Competence.
A mobile device such as a smart phone would be an advantage but not essential.
There are no additional costs involved.
This programme will prepare you for further study on a wide variety of courses with Derby College Group.
If you want to develop your IT skills further, we have a wide range of progression courses including our free Essential Digital Skills Qualification (EDSQ) or our Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills.
In the ever-progressing digital landscape, the skills learned may also prove useful in the workplace and in everyday life.
Enrolling on Derby College Group’s software development ‘boot camp’ has led to a whole new career for course graduate Andrew Widdowson.
Andrew is soon to start a level 3 software development apprenticeship with Alfreton-based butcher Owen Taylor & Co after completing DCG’s 12-week online course.
He was offered the new role after DCG helped him secure an interview with the award-winning butcher.
Andrew, who is 30 and from Nottingham, has a degree in illustration. He took creative subjects at school but has always been interested in software development. Most recently he worked in food retail but decided to pursue his interest in IT after seeing a D2N2 advert promoting the boot camp.
Andrew said: “I enjoyed the course. Our teacher, Valerie, was so supportive and knowledgeable. We did all out learning via Microsoft Teams and it was great to have someone there to point you in the right direction if ever you were struggling. The other learners were great too, so friendly. We’ve kept in touch and have met up in person since completing the course.”
During his 18-month apprenticeship Andrew will be assisting Owen Taylor & Sons with the development of their new ordering app, which has been designed initially to assist the company’s restaurant trade customers.
The app has been designed externally but Andrew will be working in-house with the business to add features and fix any errors.
He added: “I’d definitely recommend the bootcamp to anyone interested in starting a career in software development. It gives you the basic knowledge you’ll need, such as programming languages. We also learned about computer science on the course – something I didn’t know before.
“I enjoyed the course. Our teacher, Valerie, was so supportive and knowledgeable. We did all out learning via Microsoft Teams and it was great to have someone there to point you in the right direction if ever you were struggling. The other learners were great too, so friendly. We’ve kept in touch and have met up in person since completing the course.”