Information and Creative Technology (including Games Development) Level 2

  • Join Blackburn College's Career Academy and benefit from guest speakers from the digital world; mentoring schemes; and six week paid internship opportunities.
  • Learn how to develop games using Unreal Engine- the same software that was used to create Blockbuster hits; Mass Effect; BioShock; Gears of War and more.
  • Take part in the IT World Skills competition and showcase your talents to a global audience.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CN708
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

The Information and Creative Technology (including Games Devlopment) 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 and Maths or completion of a Level 1 course.

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?

If you achieve a Merit or Distinction and a recommendation from your Course Tutor, you can progress into Level 3 Diploma in IT or enter employment.  

Learners that have also achieved Level 2 Functional Skills in both Maths and English have the opportunity to progress to the L3 Extended Diploma in IT.  

Your Study Programme

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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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