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This course will prepare you for entry to higher education in information technology, and give you the essential knowledge, understanding and skills to progress into a number of specific areas of work that will incorporate the use of information and communications technology, and move on to a more responsible job if already in employment
The course also aims to enable you to be more employable by helping you to develop skills in communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation and management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
The units we offer will help you to make the important next-step decision ? and will support your progression to a more specialised level 4 vocational or academic computing course, or to an Information Technology apprenticeship or job.
Aims of the course
This qualification is designed to support learners who want a strong core study of computer science to enable progression to roles in the computing industry or progression to higher education with
a focus on the computing sector.
The course includes:
Maths for IT
Interactive Media Authoring
Digital Graphics and Animation
Events Driven Programming
IT Project Planning
System Analysis and Design
IT Technical Support
Learners are assessed through practical assignments and two external examinations.
Upon successful completion of the second year of this course
you will be able to progress to a specialised university degree course or to an Information Technology apprenticeship or job. Examples of possible degree paths are:
BSc (Hons) in Information Management for Business
FdSC in Business Computing
BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Media
BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems
FdSC in Business Computing with Networking
Bsc (Hon) in Cyber Security
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress to a university degree level computing course. If you do not wish to go to higher education you will be able to pursue an Information Technology apprenticeship or job.
What can I earn in the digital skills sector?
When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you choose to study for a digital skills qualification, you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression ? and an excellent salary in your sights. For example:
IT project managers start on around £29,000 a year and an earn £49,000 with 3-5 years' experience
IT user support technicians start on around £22,000 a year and can earn £33,000 with 3-5 years' experience
Website developers start on around £18,000 and can earn £32,000 with 3-5 years' experience
If you're interested in a career in digital skills, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Thanks to our excellent links with companies like Cisco Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers, students benefit from valuable work experience, and are taught by staff with extensive industry experience.
4 GCSEs A*-C / or Grade 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)
One of the above must be in English Language or maths.
Relevant Level 3 qualification with Merit or above
Relevant industry experience to Level 3 or above
If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade 4 (that's the old Grade C) or above in Maths and/or English you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in these subjects. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.
We have a wide range of computer rooms and labs where you will learn a range of skills.
Process for Application
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