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
Overview

The 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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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.

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