High Demand for Digital Courses at Blackburn College

High Demand for Digital Courses at Blackburn College

Digital courses at Blackburn College are in high demand – thanks to a combination of new curriculum and a booming sector.

Starting September 2019 – Computing with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security Level 3 Extended Diploma will feature new modules designed to better meet the needs of the sector.

New modules include Using Social Media in Business, Cyber Security and Incident Management, IT Service Delivery, The Internet of Things and Enterprise in IT.

Mohamed-Yusuf Lorgat, tutor at Blackburn College said: “We are really excited to teach these new modules as they directly link to employment.”

“Digital is so much more than IT; from defending against cyber security threats to developing games using Unreal Engine – it’s a vast and exciting area.”

Blackburn College was recently awarded £50,000 to support staff members to develop the skills needed to keep up with the evolving Digital sector.

Staff members work closely with industry professionals and receive training on technologies currently at the forefront of innovation – such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Mohamed-Yusuf added: “It’s no surprise Digital applications for September 2019 are up year-on-year. We have long been the College of choice for these courses, with our fantastic digital labs and industry-standard software.”

“We’re also working with major players like EKM and the NHS and students benefit from masterclasses with professionals that engage with cutting-edge technologies on a daily basis.

“This year – we even took students to New York City to have a look at how digital technologies are used internationally.”

With T-Levels on the horizon, Blackburn College is currently trialling industry placements – with some Digital students already participating in extended, CV-boosting work experience.

Industry placement participant Greg Zalewski, 18, said: “Blackburn College arranged an industry placement for me and it really taught me how to be a true professional.

“I learnt that no matter how small the task, give as much of yourself to it as you can – as this develops a strong work ethic.”

According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) – the digital sector has become the best performer of the UK economy.

Pace of growth for technology, internet, media and creative businesses outperformed the economy overall by more than three times.

Limited places remain on Digital courses at Blackburn College. Prospective students are advised to visit www.blackburn.ac.uk immediately to secure their place for September 2019.

12 Jun 2019, 11:46 AM