Computing Specialist Level 3

Course Code: ICTED
Learning Aim Code: 50091499
Full-time / Part-time: Full-time
Duration: One Year
Campus: Wellington Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

Are you passionate about games development, animation, digital graphics, or computer systems, programming or networking?

If the answer’s ‘yes’ then this is the course for you!

We want you to learn, achieve and succeed in your chosen career and this course will give you the knowledge, experience and practical skills you need to achieve your ambition.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and knowledge in the following areas - games software development, installing hardware and software, networking, security systems, programming, animation, digital graphics and project planning – and will achieve the qualification by completing assignments and practical tasks are based on realistic workplace situations.

The Level 3 qualification will enable you to pursue a career in the IT and computing industry or progress to further higher level study such as an HNC, HND or university programme, or combine working and studying on an apprenticeship which will enable you to earn while you learn.

We have a 100% achievement rate on this course and excellent feedback from our past students some of whom have gone on to become graphic designers, web designers, programmers, computer technicians or IT teachers.

As part of your course you may have the opportunity to visit the Gadget Show and WorldSkills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, as well as attending university open days and taster sessions.

You will also benefit from other activities to enhance your learning – recent events include inspirational talks from Wolverhampton MPs Paul Uppal and Emma Reynolds, an inspirational day held by IT industry giant IBM and participating in Road Safety and Alcohol Awareness Week.

This is a one year full-time course.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study the following modules:

  • Communication and employability skills for IT
  • Computer systems
  • Information systems
  • Organisational system security
  • E-commerce
  • IT technical support
  • Event driven programming
  • Project planning
  • Database design
  • Client side customisation of web pages
  • Developing computer games
  • Digital graphics
  • Computer animation
  • Networked systems security
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Spreadsheet modelling

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will gain an understanding of:

  • Attributes of employees that are valued by employees
  • Components of computer systems
  • How organisations use business information
  • Tools and techniques used for technical support
  • How projects are managed
  • Features of relational databases
  • Fundamentals of cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • Impact of the gaming revolution on society
  • Web architecture and components
  • Principles of game design
  • Impact of potential threats to IT systems
  • Technologies required for an e-commerce system
  • Communication principles of computer networks
  • Features of event driven programming
  • Hardware and software required to work with graphic images
  • Types and uses of animation
  • Types and sources of network attacks
  • Principles of interactive media authoring

How will I be assessed?

This is an assignment-based course and there are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout the programme either through assessment or observation. All units are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Progress on to a HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or undergraduate degree programme in subjects such as computer science, games development, computing and web page design or a Level 4 apprenticeship

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Four or more GCSEs at grade C or above which must include maths, English and one technical subject such as science, IT, graphics, design & technology, etc OR
  • Level 2 ICT related qualification at Distinction or Merit level

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