• Ruhaimi Anver
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Digital Technologies

There is no denying that we live in a digital world, and that digital skills are some of the most sought after on any CV. All businesses require a digital presence to be successful, whether it’s a website, app, social media or e-Commerce. You could be designing an app for a start-up business, programming a new payment system for an innovative restaurant, or even managing social media accounts for influencers. The advancement of technology will only bring on more and more exciting job opportunities and new skills to learn. Research shows that there is a shortage of digital skills for digital jobs in the UK market with a large percentage of companies suffering technical skills gaps.

Course Information

  • Levels available 1 / 2 / 3
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref COMPUTING
  • Location Chaffron Way Campus
  • Fees £ FREE for 16-18
    19+ Please see below

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

What will I do?

It’s not going to come as any surprise that a lot of your time will be spent online using industry standard software to develop your skills as a well-rounded digital-focused individual. From the fundamentals of IT, to cyber security, to web design and animation, you will receive well rounded, in-depth teaching to help you decide what your next step is going to be. You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. You will have the opportunity to choose specialist units, so you can learn about what you’re interested in. You can expect to conduct projects both in groups and independently.

The units you will study include:

  • Computer Systems
  • Cloud Networking
  • IT Technical Support
  • IT Troubleshooting
  • Social Media
  • Web Production/Animation
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What's next?

The career opportunities in the sector are vast, with all industries requiring digital skills. A university-level qualification in your chosen subject will help you improve your skill set as well as giving you the opportunity to make new contacts in the industry. You could also go straight out into the industry in a junior role, working your way up. You could work in IT support for a major business, start up your own web development company, or use what you’ve learned to start your own business offering IT services or web design.

This pathway is aligned to our Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship and Level 3 Digital Marketer apprenticeship.

Is it for me?

You should have an understanding of how the entire creation and worldwide usage of the internet has affected the economy, and pretty much every active business today. You must be a logical thinker to succeed in IT, be technically minded, and be great at problem solving. You must be able to think on your feet, and be able to think outside of the box. If you want a career with wide progression options, the ability to further your learning and expand your knowledge in a variety of areas, a course in computing is a great place to start.

Hear Ruhaimi’s experience studying Computing

This course focuses on developing skills in the technical and software elements of the digital industry. Technical ability and a problem-solving approach are a must as is an interest in working in the Computing industry. The course is delivered in blocks with software skills, web, graphics and technical units all delivered as part of the Study Programme. Work Experience, skills for success, English and Maths will also be core elements of the Study Programme.

  • Assessment is assignment based and a project-based approach is used with Industry relevant briefs designed to develop Employment skills and understanding.
  • Option to undertake Industry recognised vendor qualifications from CISCO as part of an enhanced Study Programme offer.

Level Highlights

  • The Study Programme is designed to give a broad base of knowledge to allow progression to level 3 or Apprenticeships
  • Flexible Study Programme allowing for varying skill levels in the subjects offered with the overall level and certificate awarded based on the level attained in the majority of the subjects covered.
  • Relevant enrichment including talks, live project briefs, visits and trips will be part of the Study Programme

Entry Requirement

Level 1 – 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or above including English and Maths.

Level 2 – 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including English and Maths.

Fees
16-18: N/A
19+: £2000
Overseas: £4000
Funding support may be available on this course, click here to find out more.

To ensure you have the skills to create future technology, our course gives you a taste of the core areas to computing that you can build your knowledge on for an exciting career. All aspects of modern computing are covered including: networking, security, software, applications, data and intelligent systems. You will also develop practical skills, alongside workplace-ready experiences, from our project-based learning methods and assessments.

Level Highlights

  • Your knowledge and skills cover principles which will outlast today’s technology, making them highly sought after by industry and higher education providers
  • Projects completed as part of the course are based on live briefs for external clients, ensuring relevant industrial experience and potential job prospects
  • Students are expected to complete an extended work experience placement to give them the best opportunity for progressing onto higher education, apprenticeships and/or full-time employment
  • Visits to Bletchley Park, a national landmark for computing, and Cranfield University, as research leaders in cyber security, transport systems and robotics
  • Opportunities for students to complete professional vendor qualifications relevant to their future career path including CCNA, ITIL and CompTIA (additional cost)
  • Our students benefit from the department’s extensive list of local and national employer partners including Microsoft, McAfee, MirusIT and Xero (to name a few!)

Entry Requirement

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English. Opportunities to study Maths available.

Fees
16-18: N/A
19+: £8583
Advanced Learner Loan: £8583
Overseas: £8583
Funding support may be available on this course, click here to find out more.

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