Information Technology (with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security) Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN703-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

This course is designed for those who want to contentrate their learning in the area of IT, specialing in software design, web design and programming.  Alongside academic studies, learners have the opportunity to take part in World Skills competitions and go on trips in the UK and abroad. 

What will I study?

Learners will study 12 units over 2 years.  In the first year learners will study general units to give a broader understanding of the IT sector, such as:

  • Computer Systems
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Website Production and Management
  • Web Animation for Interactive Media
  • Database Design

In the second year learners have the opportunity to chose their preferred pathway eg Media and Software, Programming or Networking and Security.  Units can include Project Management, Systems Analysis and Design, Computer Games Platforms and Technologies, Digital Graphics for Interactive Media, 2D Animation Production and Web Server Scripting. 

Learners will also study GCSE to resit their grade D in Maths and/or English.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grades A*-C including English Language and Mathematics at a minimum of D grade. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.  Applicants over 21 are welcome and may not need the above qualifications. 

You have the option of resitting your GCSE English and/or Maths alongside your study programme.

How will I be assessed?

100% coursework assessment.  During the course learners are set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded.  Learners are encouraged to use e-learning to support and extend their learning in their private study time. 

What can I do next?

Successful learners will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT from Edexcel which is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.   This qualification is mapped to the Degree in Business Information Systems at the University Centre at Blackburn College which is certified by Lancaster University, providing an easy progression route for the subjects chosen and gives a strong foundation for degree level study. 

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You will study in St Pauls Computing Centre where there is twelve dedicated computing rooms, and a gaming room, each equipped with eighteen PCs running Windows 7, Office 2010 and a range of software including Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, Visual C++ 2010 and a wide range of specialised software. We have Microsoft and CISCO Academy accreditation and industry trained tutors. You will also benefit from free wireless access throughout the building and a library and resource centre providing in excess of 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

Our computing and IT courses teach the skills and knowledge that will prepare you for University or a career in an IT or computing role. We can develop your knowledge of digital technologies and whether you want to be a computer games developer, IT manager or technician, these courses could be for you.

Our students take part in a variety of trips including The Photographic Museum to see the professional uses of computer animation techniques and video production.

If you are studying or progress on to a level 3 course you can apply to join the IT Career Academy. You will be able to carry out a 6 week paid internship with a local employer and have an industry mentor for the duration of your course. Taking part in this academy will also gain you extra UCAS points.

In 2015 two Blackburn College IT/Computing students competed in the regional IT World Skills Competition and won their place in the national finals in Birmingham.

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