Computing with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN703-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

The Computing and Information Technology with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security Level 3  programme is the perfect choice if you want to specialise within the IT sector.

Studying software design, web design and programming, this course will provide you with the desired skills to enter employment or further study.

Alongside your academic studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in the World Skills competition and go on trips within the UK and abroad.

What will I study?

This is a 2 year programme, which contains 12 units. In the first year, you will be able to study general units, which will give you a broader understanding of the IT sector. You will focus on:-

  • Computer systems
  • Website production and management
  • Web animation for interactive media
  • Games development and 2D animation
  • Web server scripting
  • Database design
  • Cyber security

In the second year of the programme, you will have the opportunity to choose a preferred pathway e.g. Media and Software or Programming, or Networking and Security.

Units available are:-

  • Project Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Computer Games Platforms and Technologies
  • Digital Graphics for interactive media
  • 2D Animation production
  • Web server scripting

You have the option to resit your GCSE Maths and/or English if you achieved a Grade D.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths, or completion of a Level 2 course.

 

How will I be assessed?

100% coursework assessment.  

During the course you will be set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded.

You will also be encouraged to use e-learning resources to support and extend your progress.

What can I do next?

This course is equivalent to 2 A-Levels and is certified by Lancaster University.

The qualification has been mapped to support the Degree in Business Information taught from the University Centre at Blackburn College and provides an easy progression route for the subjects chosen, forming a strong foundation for degree level study. 

 

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Career Options

Network Engineer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Network engineers, also known as network administrators, install and maintain the computer systems used by companies and organisations.

If you're interested in computers, good at solving problems and like to keep up to date with developments in technology, this could be a great career for you.

In this job you'll need strong IT skills. You'll also need good communication skills, with the ability to explain complex technical things in a clear way.

You can get into this work through a computing apprenticeship, or by taking a course at college or university. You might also get into this career if you already have experience of working in computer maintenance.

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Security Systems Installer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 35 hours per week

Security systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders and control access to buildings or sites. They also fit alarms in houses and business premises. If you are keen on electronics and want to use your practical skills, this could be a great job choice for you.

To be a security installer, you will need good problem-solving skills and the ability to work on your own and in a team. You will also need to be honest and trustworthy.

You will not usually need specific qualifications. Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs or similar qualifications in English, maths and science, or a technical subject.

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IT Project Manager

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

IT project managers oversee the planning, development and installation of computer systems to meet their clients’ business needs. They work for all types of organisations from the NHS to government departments.

If you're well organised, good at solving problems and have excellent IT skills, you may find opportunities for a rewarding career in this field.

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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IT Support Technician

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you are interested in computers and like solving problems, this could be the perfect job for you. IT support technicians help to find and correct software and hardware problems for computer users.

To become an IT support technician, you will need to have a wide knowledge of operating systems. You’ll also need to know about networking, hardware and software. And you’ll be able to explain problems and solutions clearly to non-technical users.

If you have a good working knowledge of computer systems, you could begin as a trainee technician. You may improve your career prospects by gaining IT qualifications.

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IT Trainer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

IT trainers design and deliver computer courses. They work in the training departments of large organisations, and for IT training companies, colleges and universities. If you’re interested in IT and like the idea of showing people how to get the most from computers, this could be just the job you’re looking for.

To become an IT trainer, you’ll need knowledge of IT programs and systems. You’ll also need excellent spoken and written communication skills, and the ability to adapt to your learners’ abilities.

You can become an IT trainer in several ways. You’re likely to need qualifications in both IT and training/teaching.

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Web Designer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Web designers use their creative and technical skills to build new websites and redesign existing ones. They can work on any online site from a retailer's catalogue to a company's home page.

If you are interested in computers, and want to combine your IT skills with creative ideas, this job could be ideal for you. You'll need to be able to picture how a site will look, understand how it will work and be able to explain that clearly to the client.

You don't always need qualifications to become a web designer but you will need a good level of technical ability. Previous experience in other types of design work may also be helpful.

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Web Developer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Web developers design, build and maintain websites and web applications to meet their client's needs. Jobs can range from creating a staff intranet for an organisation to building a payment system for an online retailer.

If you want a varied job, can find creative ways to solve problems and have good programming skills, this could be the career for you. You'll also need to be a good teamworker, with the ability to meet deadlines.

Most web developers have qualifications and experience in IT. You can join a graduate training scheme after university or start as a junior developer with a company and work your way up.

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Computer Games Developer

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you love computer games and enjoy using your imagination, this could be ideal for you. Computer games developers produce games for PCs and games consoles. They also produce games for the internet and mobile phones. The work could involve making new games or updating existing titles.

Most computer games developers have a qualification. However employers may be more interested in your software skills and experience.

To become a computer games developer, you will need to have creativity and imagination. You’ll also need to be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

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Computer Service And Repair Technician

  • £
    14,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

If you are keen on IT and enjoy fixing things, this job could be ideal for you.

You do not need formal qualifications if you have a good enough working knowledge of computer systems and software.

A computer service and repair technician will have good communication skills. They will also have good customer service skills. You’ll also need to be patient and have an organised approach.

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Forensic Computer Analyst

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Forensic computer analysts investigate computer-based crime (cyber crime). If you have an enquiring mind, can interpret data and want a career in IT, this specialist role could be ideal for you.

To do this job you should have good problem solving skills, be able to pay close attention to detail and be able to spot trends in large amounts of information.

To work in this job you will usually need some background experience in IT.

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Facilities

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.