Monday, 23 April 2012

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT: Unit 3 - Computer Systems

By Nicolate Makubika, Level 2 IT in IT Practitioners Student – 2012

Unit 3 is about computer systems, having a better understanding of different types of computer system.

You get the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the common components of computer systems and to know their different uses.

You also become able to connect computer hardware and to configure computer software. In this unit health and safety and security are one of the major aspects.

They might seem small issues as you just want to get on with it, but they play a big and important part in this topic!

There are three categories which each and every one of the different types of computer systems fall into:
  • Personal computers – are designed to be used by one person, these include PDAs, mobile phones, games consoles, tablets, net-books, laptops and desktops.
  • Embedded systems – these are systems that are concealed in other machines such as refrigerators.
  • Servers – are systems that control all the networks and devices.
In this unit we are assessed by researching and writing assignments - and giving presentations in which there are pass, merit and distinction criteria.Each criteria involves a different aspect of computer systems.

You can aim for the criteria you are able to achieve but if you want to study at Level 3 then you should really aim for a merit or a distinction!

By doing this unit you can be a computer technician, systems administrator or computer engineer on the professional side of things.

To see the other units on the Level 2 Diploma in IT, please click HERE.
To apply for this course, please click HERE.

George's Tournament Triumph

Lewisham College student George Naiwo (above) is on the second year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology but, as it turns out, has more than just computer tricks up his sleeve!  When not studying at Lewisham College George has been quietly perfecting his basketball skills – but now he’s really given us something to shout about!

Last weekend George went with his team to the Caister Basketball Tournament in Norwich.  It is the largest annual grass-roots basketball tournament in the UK. Teams from all over the country enter each year, from Scotland to London, equating to more than 500 people. In other words, it’s a big deal.

The first piece of good news is that George’s team won the tournament – for the second year in a row. On a personal level George was awarded the Rookie of the Tournament award.  The team went away with gold medal and t-shirts and lucky George with a fist-full of cash!

Well done George! Of course now it’s back to the real world and back to college!  George is working hard to complete his qualification and will hopefully be starting a degree in Sports Management at Worcester in September.

Friday, 20 April 2012

IT Students Open the Door


You can never have too many strings to you bow – or at least that’s how the old saying goes! Stanislav Serdyuk (left) and Jarek Wieckowski were recently given the opportunity by Lewisham College to do their HABC Level 2 Award in Door Supervision (QCF). As you can see from the picture of them proudly holding their certificates they were successful, adding another qualification to the already impressive amount they have gained while studying at Lewisham College.

The students, who are currently on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, now hope to use their newly gained qualification to work over their holidays at the 2012 Summer Olympics (you will never guess where it’s being held!). They can expect to join a large number of other Lewisham College students who will be working to ensure that the London Olympics run smoothly.

Well done Jarek and Stanislav!

Friday, 6 April 2012

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT: Unit 6 – Software Design and Development

By Taiwo Akinjo, L3 Extended Diploma in IT student, 2012

Unit 6 is Software Design and Development, which is also known as programming. It includes the description of applications that can be used for programming and explaining different types of programming languages, what they do and how they are used.

You also give details of the sequence, selections and iteration used in computer programming, outlining the benefits of having a variety of data types available to a programmer, explaining the life cycle of software development. You also get to write and design your own program.

Whilst doing all the assignments and tasks I have learned how to use the visual Basic application for writing and designing programs, and other existing applications that I can use in the future to design and write programs. I have also learned the varying life cycles of software. For example the different steps you take and what you have to think about when designing software whether it’s gathering data for your software first on the list or deciding what your software will look like.

The main thing that I have learned is how to write a program procedure, how to indent a program procedure, how to write in Pseudocode and how and where to write comments on a program procedure.

Whilst doing this unit I have also learned that there are many types of programming languages but the one that people and organisations mainly use is Visual Basic. Although Java is a faster programming application and C++ is very powerful and can combine different levels of code, most people and organisations still prefer to use Visual Basic because its less complicated to use.

Overall I found this unit very interesting and it is something that I will consider studying in higher education and something I would like to do as a career. Now that I have learned the basics of programming and how to write code it will be easier for me to understand the tasks I will be given at university. I have also learned what to do and how to do it if I chose programming as a career path.

To see the other units on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, please click HERE.
To apply for this course, please click HERE.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT: Unit 2 – Computer Systems

By Jarek Wieckowski, L3 Extended Diploma in IT student, 2012

The unit I enjoy the most is the Unit 2 - Computer Systems, which I am studying on the Extended Diploma in IT (Systems Support option) course.

Not all of us have much experience in computing. Some people who come to college might have previously worked in the IT industry and have a good knowledge of how a computer works. Then there are others who have no idea about IT but really want to study it.

There is also the third group which comes straight from secondary schools where they haven’t been taught computer systems to any extent.

So for people who have some experience in IT parts of this unit might be a bit like going over old ground and you may need to do some stuff you already know – to show that you know how to do it. However for the others with little IT experience it will turn out to be a great adventure, discovering the inside of computers and learning how they operate.

The main learning aims of this unit are to enable you to:
  1. understand components of computer systems and how they work.
  2. recommend computer systems for business purposes.
  3. set up and maintain computer systems.
These 3 points may not necessarily tell you a lot, so I will expand a little on them to give you a brief idea what each contains, and how that might be useful to you in the future. Let’s start of the first one;

Understand components of computer systems and how they work.
This part of the unit will involve some introduction to computer systems, and explanations of components as well as their functions.

The practical work you may be doing can involve; opening a computer case (which you will be provided with in a computer lab).

You will get to take everything out to familiarize yourself with the components, so you have a knowledge of how they look, where they are situated, and how they connected.


You might end up like me and create your own videos for YouTube. Here is one I recently made.



Be able to recommend computer systems for business purposes.
When you have a good understanding of components you will move to the next step which will involve some research of computer brands to look for a Computer System that you will recommend for a business.

You may be asked to find 3 different computer systems, compare them and then pick one that you will recommend for business purposes, and justify your choice.  Additionally you might be asked to do something similar with some software that will be useful for the business stated in the assignment scenario.


Be able to set up and maintain computer systems.
This part will mostly involve practical work. You need to be able to set up a computer which will involve connecting all peripherals, checking if to works, and that sort of thing.

You might be also asked to connect a printer or scanner to a computer, and show to your tutor that it all works.

Maintaining may involve different sorts of things like a dusting inside a computer case or setting up defragmentation. This is just the beginning for you, of course!


What you have to do to pass
In order to pass the unit you will need to complete 8 pass criteria and if that’s not enough for you there are 3 merit criteria and 2 distinction criteria. Passing this unit will be definitely beneficial for you if you are planning a career in the IT industry, as all of the stuff you will learn during this unit is essential in any kind of IT job.

To see the other units on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, please click HERE.
To apply for this course, please click HERE.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT: Unit 28 – IT Technical Support

By Odwehney Barnett, L3 Extended Diploma in IT student, 2012

One of the units on the Extended Diploma that excites and intrigues me the most is IT Technical Support.

This unit and its assignments incorporate helping other technical or non-technical computer users with both software and hardware problems while using a computer. This unit also gives students an understanding of health and safety procedures as it relates to using these software and hardware tools to assist others.

Everyone needs some IT technical support at one point or another - otherwise this is how things would get fixed!

While doing the assignments associated with this unit I have learned both the practical and theoretical aspect of troubleshooting computers and also the health and safety precautions to undertake while helping other users.  Some of these health and safety procedures involve some common sense – like making sure the computer is switched off and disconnected from the main electrical supply when you connect or disconnect any of the electrical leads.

 IT Technical Support heavily involves communicating effectively with other students and users both in person and on the phone, giving and receiving instructions from them to ensure the diagnosed problem is resolved.  As in many of the units your communication skills, particularly speaking and listening in this case, will come to the fore.

This unit also includes doing research online to find out how to fix and configure computer components such as the mouse, keyboard, printers (and so on), both electronically and manually on the computer. Doing this unit has helped me significantly in working towards the professional career that I would like to embark on, which is computer engineering. It has given me a huge insight in to how to fix technical computer problems and also guide other users if they are having any difficulty while using their computer which is an essential skill to have.

To see the other units on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, please click HERE.
To apply for this course, please click HERE.

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BTEC Level 2 Diploma in IT: Unit 2 – Working in the IT Industry

By Calvin Pereanu, Level 2 Diploma in IT student, 2012

Working in the IT Industry is a half unit, which goes hand in hand with Communicating in the IT Industry to make a complete unit.  When you read the name it does sound as if the unit is going to be boring but in fact it is really important if you want a career in the IT Industry.

What will you learn? First and foremost this unit looks at the qualities that people need in order to become IT practitioners or professionals.  You will always need your specialist IT knowledge, but employers are looking more and more for people with skills that can allow them to work efficiently within an IT organisation - and that means a lot more than just being a good techie these days. 

When you are doing this unit you will look at the technical knowledge you will need, such as working procedures and health and safety. However, you will also realise how important other skills are, such as team work, time management and your ability to plan.

Attitudes are also important – so if you are determined, tolerant, dependable and confident you will find why and how these skills are important in the IT Industry.

You will also get to learn about common jobs in the IT Industry, such as network management, web design and manufacturing.  This is really useful because when you are studying you might not have decided what you want to do in the future. This unit will help you decide, hopefully!

To see the other units on the Level 2 Diploma in IT, please click HERE.
To apply for this course, please click HERE.

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Monday, 2 April 2012

From Lewisham to Macau - A Student's Story


By Nazrul Amin - Lewisham College 2004- 2006
You may be disappointed with the results that you got at school and think that your future is bleak. However, that is not the end of the story - at Lewisham College it may be just the beginning. Here, Nazrul Amin, who attended Lewisham College between 2004 and 2006 tell his story.

Before Lewisham College I was working as a Kitchen Porter and had no relevant qualifications. I had left secondary school before I reached year 8, due to personal circumstances.

I joined Lewisham College in the 2004 intake and chose to study a BTEC National Diploma in IT Practitioners (System Support). Lewisham College appealed to me since it taught the relevant courses that I needed to obtain entry into a top University.

While studying for my BTEC I also trained for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exams with my tutor Sorie Rezakhani. (pictured right). I also took the Key Skills exams and studied for my GCSE Maths and English exams alongside the BTEC course.

Lewisham College provided me with the knowledge to enhance my technical skills and gave me a vision of a successful future; this was through its friendly and supportive staff who are also very technically able.

By the time I had left Lewisham College I had obtained a D/D/D which is a triple distinction in my BTEC IT Practitioners course. I also passed my CCNA exam, and in addition received 2 Cs for my English and Maths GCSEs.

BTEC Level 2 Students Celebrate Massive Functional Skills Maths Win!

Sixteen students from one of Lewisham College’s BTEC Level 2 in IT groups took their Functional Skills Maths exam in February.  Were the 16-18 year olds thinking about the right kind of Pi? To find out how they did, read on!

You know that feeling when you walk in to an exam?  Your nerves are jangling, your stomach is doing things which make you feel like you are taking off from Heathrow and you just keep your fingers crossed you can make it through without having to put your hand up and ask to be escorted to the toilet!

Exam nerves can be horrible, that’s for sure – and nothing will really make them go away completely (in fact if you don’t have a few nerves in an exam then that probably means you are dead!). Yet there is one thing above all that can help when it comes to getting things right in an exam and making sure that exam nerves do not turn in to exam panic – and that is preparation!

Preparation was something that the Topaz group of Level 2 Diploma in IT students took seriously.  Here they are pictured (with their maths tutor, Joan Thomson inset) getting ready for their Functional Skills Maths exam in February.  The exam itself was in the large hall situated in Lewisham College’s Breakspears Building but the conditions that the 16-18 year old students would find themselves in were recreated in their computer lab many times beforehand!

So, sixteen students walked in to the exam hall in February fully prepared and ready for anything that the Functional Skills people could throw at them.  After a six week wait their results came out in late March.  The result?

Out of the sixteen who took it, all sixteen passed!

Curriculum Manager Sharon Muncie said ‘I’m over the moon. This just goes to show that when a group of people put their collective heads together, great things can happen. The group worked really hard for this and they quite rightly deserve to celebrate their success!’

So, well done Tsion, Risha, Burak, Demi, Tyler, Jack, Dritan, Julius, Adam, Michael, Dimitar, Yasin, Dean, Bryan, Francis and Calvin!
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