The Media and Office Technologies Department offers three pathways; Administration, Office ICT and Media. Each offers a range of skills and qualifications to give the best opportunity for students to achieve their long term goal, be it further education or a career.

Our programmes provide students with a range of skills and qualifications that are transferable to a variety of lifestyles and vocational areas. Programmes are studies from Entry to Level 3, with continuous assessment of competence and ability. This enable students to work at their own pace and build up to a full qualification.

No previous qualifications are needed to begin a course, and students can start at any level depending on their experience and or/ability. All qualifications are related to Office and Design

Available options: Pathway 1 - Administration. Pathway 2 - Office ICT. Pathway 3 - Media.

The three pathways have been designed to fit specific career choices. However, we recognise that not all students have a clear idea of where they want to be in the future. With this in mind, the Department is able to create a tailor-made timetable that integrates the pathways and enables students to focus on their strengths or improve on key areas.

Administration Courses

The Administration courses are designed to give student the skills to work in any administrative role or face to face with members of the public. It is a competence-based programme, intended to enable students to develop the basic knowledge and self-discipline needed to provide a good background in administration.

Internal and external work placements are an integral part of the qualifications where skills and knowledge develop in a real working environment.

OCR Business and Administration

Students can develop the qualities required by prospective employers.

Level 1

  • Carry out your responsibilities at work
  • Work within your business environment
  • Handle Mail
  • Use office equipment

Level 2

  • Carry out your responsibilities at work
  • Work within your business environment
  • Ensure your own action reduces the risk of health and safety
  • Store, retrieve and archive information
  • Operate office equipment

Level 3

  • Carry out your responsibilities at work
  • Work within your business environment
  • Supervise an office facility
  • Make a presentation
  • Word Processing software

Accounts Software is only currently available as a unit of the ITQ for IT User Skills Qualification. It is offered to suitable candidates as part of their timetabled activities if this is where their interest lie.

Centralised Office Services

The Department runs a training office where students undertake tuition in providing essential services to the whole College. Students apply their learning in a real office environment working in the College Training Office.

Qualified tutors support and guide students and assess competence in all aspect of training through observation, questioning and work product.

The Training Office is situated alongside main Reception so is at the centre of College life. Post, visitor reception, parcel handling and other vital office duties are included such as;

  • Postal services
  • Reception duties
  • Stock Control
  • Filing
  • Photocopying
  • Typing
  • Binding booklets
  • Laminating
  • Receiving and transmitting faxes

OCR ITQ in IT User Skills

The Office ICT units are designed to give student the skills to carry out the general computer duties in an office environment. It will give them the confidence to use standard office applications to produce high quality documents.

Units are available at:

Entry 3

  • Displaying information using ICT
  • Using ICT to find information
  • Communication information using ICT
  • Producing charts using ICT

Level 1, 2 and 3

  • Improving productivity using IT
  • Database software
  • Desk top publishing
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Personal information software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing

The Media units are designed to give students the skills to work in today's media focused environments. They will learn how to work with a variety of industry standard software, including Photoshop and Dreamweaver, to produce high quality items that can be used in advertising, websites or publishing.

Level 1, 2 and 3

  • Improving Productivity Using IT
  • Audio
  • Design Software
  • Using Mobile IT Devices
  • Multimedia Software
  • Video
  • Website Software

Work Experience

Work experience is a vital part of the course; it helps the student to develop a work ethic and experience working in a real work environment as well as offering the opportunity to demonstrate what skills they have to offer. All students carry out periods of work experience during their study.

These placements take place in the College, local industry or industry in the students home area. Examples of placements are - local schools, hospitals and health authorities, banks, building societies and councils.

Students are encouraged to research work employment opportunities and identify which area they would like work.

Mobile Technologies and Communication

Media and Office Technologies recognise the importance of mobile learning and communication. We encourage students to use various platforms and technologies to extend their learning and to give wider communication opportunities.

Safeguarding is a really important part of remote communication and students are given information and support on how to keep safe when accessing the internet, instant messaging and social networking sites.

Instant Messaging- real time communication between two or more people, send and receive instant messages.

Mobile Telephone-Send and receive SMS, video and images. Access the internet, email and conference calling.

Social Networking-Access sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Typetalk-Use a minicom to make and receive telephone calls via the RNID Typetalk.

Email-Send and receive an email with and without attachments. Manage mailboxes and customise tools.

Internet-Access the web via a PC, mobile device or games console.