Where will this course lead?

This is a two year course which leads to higher education, a degree apprenticeship, a level 4 apprenticeship or into employment.

What will I study?

During the first year you will study:
- Fundamentals of IT
- Global Information
- Virtual and augmented reality
- The Internet of Everything
- Project Management
- Product development
-Mobile technology
- Computer systems - software

After successfully completing the first year you will study:
- Cyber Security
- Data analysis and design
- Cognitive computing
- Enterprise computing
- Cloud technology
- Application design
- Social media and digital marketing
- Games design and prototyping
- Web design and prototyping

How will this course be delivered?

This course consists of practical and theoretical sessions culminating in either assignments or 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.

What qualifications will I get?

At the end of the first year you will get:
- OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma (Emerging Digital Technician Practitioner.)
- Units working towards content related to CISCO Internet of Everything Certificate.

At the end of the course you will also have achieved:
- OCR Level 3 Cambridge Extended Technical Diploma (Application Data Developer)
- Units working towards content related to CISCO Introduction to Cyber Security Certificate.

How will I be assessed?

In the first year Fundamentals of IT and Global Information units are assessed by formal examinations set and marked by OCR. These will be sat in January with a chance to re-sit in the following May/June.
In the second year Cyber Security and Cloud Computing units are assessed by formal examination and marked by OCR. These are sat in the January with an opportunity to re-sit in the May/June.

All other units are assessed by assignments set and marked by the College.

How do I get a place on the course?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

A PASS or higher at Level 2 OCR Diploma or BTEC extended certificate and English GCSE at grade C or higher and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or higher or 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C) or higher including English and Mathematics.

What else do I need to know?

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.

During the first year there are no additional costs apart from supplying a data stick, pens, pencils and lined A4 paper.

A trip to the National Computing Museum at Bletchley Park is planned for the beginning of the second year. The cost will be approximately £30 which will be due in the June of the first year. Final cost will be confirmed closer to the time as it is dependent on numbers.

What can I do after this course?

This is a two year course which leads on to higher education, a level 4 apprenticeship, a degree apprenticeship or into employment.

Extended Technical Diploma in IT (Virtual Reality and Application Developer)

What’s Involved?

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How much can I earn?


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.