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Course overview

You will learn about all key aspects of Computing and IT, including software development, computer systems, networking, database systems and web design. You will need to complete modules to develop your communication skills, planning skills and other skills associated to working in the IT industry.

Year 1
Procedural Programming, Event-Driven Programming (Procedural), Employability and Communication, Computer Systems, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Networks, Spreadsheet Modelling, Website Production, Information Systems

Year 2
Core units including Games Design, Games Development, Software Design & Development, Digital Graphics, Systems Analysis and Design, Database Design, eCommerce and Network System Security.

What else do I need to know?

As well as the core modules listed previously, we also offer an option block choice in year 2, these are currently technician, games developer and business consultant. We have taken students on trips to Eurogamer, Gadget Show Live, Bletchley Park, to local universities and had many speakers coming into college from companies including CapGemini, IBM, a Cyber Security company, etc. over the last few years. We have a large number of ex-students who visit to talk about their careers since being students on this course.

Alongside your course you will study both English and/or Maths to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured classes or completing directed study activities. English and Maths will be assessed in all of your work throughout your course.
You will undertake a minimum of 3 days’ work experience to help gain valuable and employable skills to help when looking for employment following the course.
A tutor will be available to look after your personal welfare and support your non-teaching needs.
Trips will be available to students to help support the teaching on the course and external visitors will be invited in to talk about their specialism and help to motivate and encourage good progress on the program.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or above, which MUST include Maths or English. If you are progressing from a Level 2 vocational qualification, we would expect you to have achieved a Level 2 pass in the external exams AND achieved at least a MM grade overall alongside level 2 and English or Maths at grade 9-4. A full time IT qualification such as GCSE or OCR National is desirable. All applicants will be required to attend an interview, and may be asked to demonstrate their current IT knowledge.

How is it assessed?

Learning is through many different methods, including discussion, research and presentation, together with practical skill development where possible. There is a requirement placed on students to work at home, with access to computing facilities a distinct advantage.

This course is assessed through coursework activities across both years of the course. This will include time spent writing software, developing websites, practical tasks on networking and computer hardware and developing computer graphics. There are opportunities to give presentations and to present work in the college auditorium to an invited audience. There are two, external, formal examinations (a level 2 pass is required for entry to level 3), plus, we may use computer based quizzes for some ongoing internal assessments too. At the end of the year you will be awarded a qualification grade based upon your achievement in all ten units, this can range between PP (Double Pass) and D*D* (Double Distinction*) - the target to progress onto level 3 witll be a minimum of MM.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

The majority of students from this course progress to a university based programme such as computer science, software development or business information systems. Some choose to study games programming also. You can also choose to study for a HE qualification here at NSCG through the HND in Applied Computing, or to enter employment, possibly through an Apprenticeship.

How do I find out more?

For more information about the course, please contact Steph Tague or Lesley Kelly (Curriculum Leaders for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing) on 01782 254130, or through the College Information Centre on 01782 254254.

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