Level 3 Computing & IT
Digital & IT
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
This course will give you an insight into the fast-paced world of computing. It's a practical and dynamic course aimed at students who wish to pursue a career within IT as an IT support technician, software designer, programmer, website designer, network operator, hardware specialist, teacher, or any other related job role. It will enable you to build on your existing knowledge, develop and enhance your technical skills, and help you to embark upon a career in this ever-changing sector.
Why should I choose the course?
This course is ideal for those who have previously studied IT at GCSE or a completed a level 2 vocational qualification and wish to further develop their technical skills in order to progress on to university or employment within the IT industry. You will be taught by a team of tutors who have a wealth of experience in the industry, all offering differing specialisms to enhance your learning. This means the course is taught to current industry standard, and we keep up with latest trends and technologies. You will get to use both Apple Macs and Windows, along with Microsoft and 365 software, and will become proficient at using programmes such as 3DS Max and Photoshop.
What will I learn?
You will have the opportunity to develop the skills you need in the industry through practical hands-on experience in our specialist computing suites. You will study topics such as information and computer systems, computer technologies, computer networks, programming solutions, IT technical support, employability skills for IT, database design, project planning, and website production. You will study in specialist IT suites and learn from tutors who are highly skilled within their specific fields.
You will be continuously assessed based on the projects you complete throughout the year. You will receive both verbal and written tutor feedback and will take part in peer assessments. Assessment is through set assignments and project coursework.
What will the course lead on to?
Students who successfully complete this course have access to numerous progression pathways including apprenticeships, employment, and further/higher education. Alternatively, you can seek employment within the computing and IT industry. Whether you go into cyber security, IT engineering, or even graphic design, you’re sure to find something to put your tech-savvy skills to the test. In this ever-growing world of technology there are abundant career opportunities- with so many choices available you can take your pick!
Are there any links with industry and university?
On this course, you will have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers such as the Business Development Manager at Siemens, along with software engineers and even app developers with current industry experience. Meeting these guest speakers will provide you with a great industry insight and inspire your next steps. To make sure that you are job ready when you finish the course, you will complete a week’s work experience with an employer of your choosing. Previous students have worked in IT security at local schools or even computer recycling charities, gaining an understanding of the inner workings of computer systems.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
<p>We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.</p>
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What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed a level 2 course. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your either your GCSE English or maths and you wish to study at level 3, you will be required to work towards this as part of your qualification.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
The college provides specialist IT equipment and software. All students are expected to provide their own basic study equipment such as notebooks, folders, and pens.
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