Computing with Games Development Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN709
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

The Computing, Information and Creative Technology including Games Development Level 2 programme is designed to teach the skills that employers desire from you, in relation to business and design.

This course is perfect for you if you want up-to-date skills in Multimedia Design, Animation and Developing Computer Games. Strong digital design skills are in demand from employers and can open many doors for you. Through this course, you could progress into a wide range of careers, as well as progressing into higher education. 

You will:-

  • Create a digital portfolio, which you can show to employers and education leaders
  • Look at how to solve IT problems
  • Learn how to create and develop websites
  • Develop and create exciting games
  • Learn how to install and maintain hardware
  • Explore and create digital graphics

In addition to developing employability skills through contact with leading technology professionals, you will;

  • Acquire powerful knowledge and skills recquired to succeed in further education and a range of technological career paths.
  • Benefit from course trips to Animation workshops and the IMAX Experience in Bradford.
What will I study?

You will study the following units:-

  • The Online World
  • Technology Systems
  • A Digital Portfolio
  • Website Development
  • Multimedia product development (Games Development)
  • Installing and Maintaining Hardware
  • Creating Digital Graphics
  • Spreadsheet Development

Learners are required to achieve a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at Grade D/3 including English Language or Maths or completion of a Level 1 course (plus English Language or Maths).

How will I be assessed?

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

Your work will form a portfolio that you can take to employers and interviews to showcase your skills and employability.

What can I do next?

Learners that achieve their GCSE Maths and English have the opportunity to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

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.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

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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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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Software Developer

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 37-40 hours per week

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner.?

 

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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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Digital Marketing Officer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a digital marketing officer, you will promote your employer's products, services or ideas online. If you love working with digital technology and are interested in using your marketing and IT skills in a creative way, this could be the ideal job for you.

Using your confidence and creativity you will market your products across channels like websites, apps and through social media. You’ll also use you budgeting and planning skills to make sure your advertising campaigns are successful.

Most new digital marketing officers have a degree in marketing, business or a related subject. Entry without a degree may also possible with relevant experience and professional qualifications in marketing.

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Computer Games Tester

  • £
    12,000
    + starting salary
  • 40 + hours per week

If you love computer games and enjoy working through things in a methodical way, this could be a great job for you. Games testing is a popular way of starting out in the games industry. It can be a good way to find out about the business as a whole. As a computer games tester it would be your job to play games many times to spot any bugs and mistakes that need to be fixed before the game goes on sale.

You don't need formal qualifications to become a tester. Your playing skills and knowledge of the games market will be more important to employers.

A good games tester has the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. You will also need patience, persistence and good office computer skills.

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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.