Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
31 August 2020TBCSam Lake

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.


The course is focussed on providing essential skills to ensure Readiness for the Workplace, and progression to higher levels of study. It has been endorsed by the Island’s Digital Island programme as part of their key priorities.

The course is structured around a set of project modules aimed at providing core knowledge and skills desired by employers.

Students will study the course for one year or two years depending on individual needs.

Core Modules
01 Identifying career opportunities
02 Readiness for interview
03 Programming skills
04 Website design
05 Database fundamentals
06 Fundamentals of computer games design
07 Core skills in robotics programming
08 Portfolio development

Assessment will take place in partnership with key Island employers using  a range of practical tasks, including ‘mock’ interviews


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

Provision will be made within the program to allow for work experience for all learners. This placement will be arranged by the learners and will not have to be within an IT environment specifically.


As part of this course you will attend 1 lesson per week in one of the following subjects;

  • English
  • Maths

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.


This course is offered in conjunction with Functional Skills. These qualifications aim to develop skills valued by employers.


This qualification is based around academic (written) and practical tasks, and will involve significant hands on experience in the college’s well equipped hardware and networking labs.


You will be assessed 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.


This course can lead to the Advanced Technical Certificate in Digital Skills and may be of particular value in preparation for completion of an Apprenticeship programme.



All students will formally develop skills in English, Maths and Information Communication Technology as part of the course.

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 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 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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