This is a two year course which leads on to, higher education, a level 4 apprenticeship, a degree apprenticeship or into employment.
During the first year you will study:
Unit 1: Communication and Employability skills for IT Practitioners
Unit 2: Computer Systems
Unit 6: Software Design and Development
Unit 7: Organisation systems security
Unit 9: Networks
Unit 28: Website Production
Unit 36: Computer games platforms and Technologies
Unit 10: Communication Technologies
Unit 8: e-commerce
After successfully completing the first year you will study:
Unit 3: Information Systems
Unit 11: Systems analysis and design
Unit 30: Digital Graphics
Unit 4: Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems
Unit 14: Event driven programming
Unit 41: 3D Modelling
Unit 29: Installing and Upgrading Software
Unit 17: Project Planning
Unit 31: Computer animation
This course consists of practical and theoretical sessions culminating in either assignments or internally assessed examinations depending on the unit. Employer involvement is an essential part of the course so you will have external speakers who are actively involved in the industry.
At the end of the course you will have achieved:
- IT General Level 3 Extended Diploma EDEXCEL (Specialising in the Business unit pathway)
- Units working towards content related to CISCO Introduction to Cyber Security Certificate.
All units are internally assessed by assignments set and marked by the College.
You can get a place on the course by completing an application form or applying on line for an interview. Applicants are invited for an interview with a member of the School of Computing.
A PASS or higher at Level 2 OCR Diploma or BTEC extended certificate and English GCSE at grade C/4 or higher and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or higher or 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C) or higher including English and Mathematics.
You will need a data stick, pens, pencils, lined A4 paper and an A4 lever arch file for your work for the examined units.
The course is recognised by industry and higher education and carries UCAS points.
How much will this course cost?
For most students there is no fee for this course. However for students aged 19 or over at the start of the course or who have already completed a Level 3 course previously there is a charge.
Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?
During the first year there are no additional costs apart from supplying a data stick, pens, pencils and lined A4 paper.
This is a two year course which leads on to higher education, a level 4 apprenticeship, a degree apprenticeship or into employment.
N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds
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