This course will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding in a broad range of topics such as programming, coding, the use of data and the different platforms of delivery in the digital industry.
It is a fast moving and cutting-edge subject and you’ll also learn about the potential security risks that organisations can face and how to analyse problems and identify solutions through computer programs.
You will then move onto study the subject in more detail through the occupational specialism. This is where you can get deeper into specific aspects of the subject, developing and practising the skills needed for an occupation.
This is a two-year course. Year one includes the core knowledge which will be taught in the classroom and delivered through a sequence of mini projects in which learners can apply their new skills.
All students will take on a 40-day placement within the IT industry which will provide student with valuable experience in the world of work.
At the end of year one there are two exams and a project that you will be assessed against.
Year two is mainly focussed on the Occupational Specialist Project in which you must work through a Software Development Life Cycle that mirrors the workflow of how it’s done in the industry. You will be provided with an exciting brief that you must interpret, design and create a working application.
We have high specification computers and equipment to allow all learners the very best opportunities to engage with new technology including virtual and augmented reality, drones and robotics. Learners will primarily produce and submit written work on our online platform.
The core content covers a range of important areas from the IT industry including digital environments such as networking, virtualisation and cloud systems, how to work with data, cyber security, IT in a business context, legal and ethical issues with computers, emerging technologies and issues, problem solving and programming.
There is a mixture of internal assessments marked by our staff and external assessments, which are marked by the exam board.
The course provides the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study, including university.
We offer further enrichment programs which allow you to take your knowledge of coding and emerging technologies to the next level.
In Studio+, you will program the flightpaths of swarms of drones, operate robots using code and create 2D and 3D games using industry standard apps.
This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in software production and design. Students can progress into roles such as: