This course is part of the government-backed Lifetime Skills Guarantee scheme, which enables you to retrain, upskill or make a career change thanks to the £95 million National Skills Fund.
The course has been developed to provide a solid grounding in Information Technology, for anyone who is interested in any kind of Computing career. Computing is concerned both with computers and computer systems how they work and how they are designed, constructed, and used. The core study of computing encompasses programming languages, data structures, algorithms, and the underlying science of information and computation.
The influence of computing has been profound in shaping the world in which we now live. There are approximately 1.3 million people working in technology specialist roles in the UK, and technology specialist employment is consistently increasing, growing by 6 per cent (71,000) from 2013 to 2014 alone.
The UK is ranked second in the world for technological readiness by the World Economic Forum. Ongoing developments in the sector include the government commitment of £1.2 billion to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of UK premises by 2017.
What will I learn?
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure relevance to current industry practice in computing occupational disciplines.
In addition, academics have been consulted on the content development to corroborate application to further progression at higher education.
The qualification allows students to develop a significant core of knowledge in computer science, computer systems and security.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through coursework assignments and an overall grade is awarded for the whole qualification. Unit grades are Pass, Merit or Distinction. The full qualification grades range from PPP to DDD*.
The formal entry requirements are: a minimum of 4 GCSE passes including English and Maths. We are accepting a grade 4 (C). Alternatively we will accept a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade or above including GCSE English and maths.
Life and work experience will be taken into consideration for students who do not meet these requirements. Students must be over19 and must NOT have previously attained a level 3 qualification.
Progression & Career Opportunities
The course offers an established route into Higher Education and is a good second stage for those seeking a career in Computing.
Cost of Study
This is a free course for anyone who meets the entry requirements. No evidence of finances will be required.
This courses will run from September with taster sessions in June.