Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCPaul Mckillop

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

This course is designed to develop skills that will prepare successful students for Higher Education and careers in Computing and Business. Opportunities will exist to explore topics in both areas.


The TechBac programmes place heavy emphasis on you getting the skills that you will need when you enter employment.

This is a level 3, advanced course.  Achievement earns the UCAS points required for admission to Higher Education (equivalent to 3 A levels).


The City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced TechBac is a practical, work-related course.  You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.  Some tasks will be set and assessed by local employers. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you need to start a career.

The two year course will feature mandatory formal examinations and tasks set and marked by the Awarding Body. Success in all units is required to achieve an award in the qualification.


The course is unit based. There are seven mandatory units in year one and six additional units covered in year two of the programme. Where units are assessed locally, the assessment will be assignment based.


Level 3 Advanced TechBac qualifications are valued by employers who may provide apprenticeships, and higher education institutions (universities and colleges). The new course launched in September 2016 has been approved by a range of employers and universities.

Students go into careers in many IT related disciplines as technicians and technical support and progress to professional status in their chosen field.

If you want to get a job straight away you could work in:

  • Business system management
  • Management information systems
  • Business programming

If you decide on university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:

  • Computer science
  • Computer networking and security
  • Programming and development


It is expected that demand for places on this course will be very high. You must complete the application form for full-time courses and submit it as early as possible. You will be invited for an interview with a department staff member in the College where you will be able to ask additional questions.

You will take part in a set of simple assessments that will be designed to assess your current skills so that we can provide learning that best meets your own needs.


You will be assessed in both years of the course by completing an online test and an assignment designed to confirm your skills in all of the units of your course. These are formal assessments created by City & Guilds.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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