ICT PRACTITIONERS - LEVEL 3

Duration: 2 years
Level: Level 3
Last Updated: 25-08-20

The course is ideal for learners wishing to build a career in IT. Learners gain a broad range of knowledge and develop skills in subjects such as Software Design and Development, where we explore the different development methodologies, produce designs (structure diagrams, user interface designs, flowcharts, pseudocode and test plans) and use VB.NET to develop desktop applications. The course also covers front-end web development, where we look at the fundamental features of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, which are the industry standard technologies in front-end web development. Learners also learn about creating and editing computer graphics in Adobe Photoshop and creating computer animation in Adobe Flash. The course also includes subjects such social media, IT service delivery and cybersecurity.

In addition to developing the necessary technical skills, learners are required to work collaboratively and exercise and develop their problem solving, communication and presentation skills, skills that are absolutely vital in the IT sector. On successfully completing the course, learners can embark on a degree apprenticeship, a degree in IT or Computing related subject, or undertake a training course with a training provider in their area of interest.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In your first year of study you will gain an overarching understanding of computing including software development and website design. In your second year, you will specialise in software and gain further experiences on projects with employers and through bespoke work experience.

Year 1: eCommerce; Communication technologies; Systems analysis and design; Programming; Project planning with IT; Database design; Website production; and 3D modelling.

Year 2: Digital graphics; Computer animation; Developing computer games; Software design and development; and Object oriented programming. 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, portfolio work and exams.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Successful completion of this programme can provide progression to university level courses such as Foundation Degrees, HNCs or HNDs in subjects such Software Development, Games Design or IT. Alternatively you may seek employment in the industry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You need five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including either English Language or maths with a minimum grade 3 (D) for the other subject. You’ll also need to attend an interview to discuss your interest in the course and complete a Level 2 IT assessment.

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