Why Should You Take This Course?
Computing and ICT are exciting fields of study where the potential of future employment and the possibility to advance studies to a very high level are equally high. From university studies into STET, robotics, medical technologies, game development and programming; Computing and ICT offers you the possibility of accessing any of these possibilities.
You will study at least 14 units during the two year programme. From programming through to website development, from working with computer components to creating and managing complex computer networks.
First Year: You will explore the theory and practice surrounding Information Technology Systems and Creating Systems to Manage Information. You will get an insight into how computing systems are developing in the real world of Business, Technology and Creative Media. You will learn how to program confidently in a high level programming language, create advanced websites, design and develop computer games and investigate system and network security.
Second Year: You will further build on your learning from the first year, undertaking projects such as Application Development, Data Modelling, 2D and 3D Graphics Modelling, Cyber Security and Incident and looking at the finer workings of the technical support industry. You will also be given the opportunity to undertake work experience in a related field, and apply your experience to your learning, and your projects.
How will I be assessed?
There are six mandatory units, two of which are assessed via an external examination, typically timetabled for February and May each year. The remaining units are coursework based, centre assessed, and externally moderated and verified. Candidates must be committed to complete their coursework to the deadlines set by the course tutors, and endeavour to complete all coursework to the highest standard on the first submission.
Are there any special expenses?
A printing allowance will be given to each student which should cover the cost of printing homework. A variety of educational trips and visits will also be available to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the course and related workplace. We endeavour to ensure that the costs of such visits are moderate and inclusive for all.
What could I do next?
Completion of the course is equivalent to three A Levels. You could use your qualifications to access further study of an ICT or Computing HE degree, to access Level 3 work place apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships or even to enter the employment in the industry immediately upon leaving the College.