Course Duration
1 to 2 years
Location
Burslem Campus
Course Cost
£ 3340.00
Do I have to pay this fee? These courses receive government funding, and some learners will be eligible for FREE tuition if they meet specific criteria. Some L code courses at Level 3 to 6 may also have an Advanced Learning Loan available for learners aged 19 and over.
Course Code
FL1243
Start Date
05/09/2022
Start Time
-
Day
Mon - Fri

Course Summary

The Computer Science course is designed to equip you with a wide range of IT skills so that you can adapt to the frequent changes in the world of computing.

There are two routes available:

Networking with Digital Forensics Route

Do you want to be the next Sherlock?
Then learn the ins and outs of detecting and solving cybercrime on the exciting new Digital Forensics and Networking programme, where we’ll teach you all the fundamentals that are required in this growing business sector, including crime scene management, networking, security, operating systems, scripting and case management. You’ll also benefit from learning a range of key IT skills for business, making you truly business-savvy for when you progress into employment or to university. Digital Forensics is offered as an Honours degree programme at local universities, giving you an ideal route onward in this fascinating subject area. On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Networking and Systems Support) qualification.

Software Engineering and Games Programming Route

If your ambition is to work at the forefront of the computer games or software industries, then this course will set you on the right path. You will focus on developing programming skills through units in developing computer games, software design and development, computer games design, event driven programming, object oriented programming, and computer game platforms and technologies. You will also benefit from learning a number of key IT skills for business solutions, so that you are truly ready for employment or to progress to university, where you could study games programming, software engineering, or games concept design. You could also progress onto a higher level apprenticeship in an IT technical role. On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development) qualification.

Course Requirements

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above. Must include a Grade C in English.

How Is It Assessed

Assessments are conducted via the submission of a portfolio which consists of both practical and theoretical elements per unit studied.

How Is It Taught

The course is taught in a classroom and lab environment over 2 years where the initial 36 weeks or first year of study allows you to complete 9 units worth 1.5 A Levels. In year 2, you will complete the Extended Diploma IT course and achieve the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.

What Could I do Next

One of the main progression routes would be a Higher Education qualification which could be in a number of areas such as Games Programming, Software Engineering, Digital Forensics and Games Concept Design. Other routes include foundation or HE courses in a related area. Alternatively an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship within an IT Technical role could also be considered.

What Else Do I Need To Know

On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT qualification. Please note: It takes 2 years to complete this full Level 3 qualification. Progression to the second year of the course is subject to successful achievement of the first year of the course.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above. Must include a Grade C in English.

How Is It Assessed

Assessments are conducted via the submission of a portfolio which consists of both practical and theoretical elements per unit studied.

How Is It Taught

The course is taught in a classroom and lab environment over 2 years where the initial 36 weeks or first year of study allows you to complete 9 units worth 1.5 A Levels. In year 2, you will complete the Extended Diploma IT course and achieve the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.

What Could I do Next

One of the main progression routes would be a Higher Education qualification which could be in a number of areas such as Games Programming, Software Engineering, Digital Forensics and Games Concept Design. Other routes include foundation or HE courses in a related area. Alternatively an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship within an IT Technical role could also be considered.

What Else Do I Need To Know

On successful completion of this course you will achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT qualification. Please note: It takes 2 years to complete this full Level 3 qualification. Progression to the second year of the course is subject to successful achievement of the first year of the course.

Related Careers

Career

Information Technology and Telecommunications Directors

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources necessary to provide and operate information technology and telecommunications services within an organisation.

Career

Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.

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Social Workers

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

Career

Information Technology and Telecommunications Directors

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources necessary to provide and operate information technology and telecommunications services within an organisation.

Career

Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.

Career

Business and Related Associate Professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group advise on the effectiveness of an organisation’s procedures, systems and methods and perform other business and related functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 353: Business, Finance and Related Associate Professionals.

Career

Elementary Administration Occupations n.e.c.

Workers in this unit group perform a variety of elementary clerical and administrative tasks within offices not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP: 921 Elementary Administration Occupations.

Career

Senior Professionals of Educational Establishments

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the administration, support systems and activities that facilitate the effective running of a university, college or other educational establishment.

Career

Pensions and Insurance Clerks and Assistants

Pensions and insurance clerks and assistants provide general clerical support to senior colleagues and perform specialist clerical tasks in relation to the administration of pensions and insurance policies.