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Level 3 Diploma Software Development

Subject Area

Digital & IT

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

Throughout the duration of this course, students will be exposed to the core principles of computer programming, fostering a deep comprehension of the mechanics behind programming. As they progress, they will acquire the necessary skills in text-based programming, equipping them to envision, create, and implement their own computer programs.

Why should I choose the course?

This 30-week accredited blended learning program serves as a natural progression beyond the Level 2 programming course. Upon successful completion, participants will attain a Level 3 accreditation recognised by the industry, positioning them favourably for enrolment in advanced programming courses or a transition into the digital job market.

While it is ideal for individuals to have previously completed a Level 2 qualification, this course does not have strict prerequisites in terms of prior qualifications, skills, knowledge, or understanding. Nevertheless, learners are expected to demonstrate the requisite skills and capabilities to engage with Level 3 material effectively. A foundation in English and Math at Level 2 is beneficial for a successful educational journey.

The program's blended learning approach entails two evening per week of remote delivery time with a highly qualified IT teacher, each being 3 hours in duration. This will be supported further by a one-hour optional slot every week, allocated to 1-1 support as required. This format provides flexibility and accommodates learners' various schedules and commitments.

What will I learn?

The course consists of 7 units :

1. Project Management

You will understand project management concepts and the processes and tools used by organisations to manage IT projects. You will learn about project management methodologies and use project management software to plan an IT project, track progress, and review the outcomes to determine project success.

2. Maths for Computing

You will develop maths skills for computing, including matrices, series and probability. Learners will also apply number systems, including binary and hexadecimal, and interpret data gathered for a defined purpose.

3. JavaScript

You will develop an understanding of JavaScript as a text-based programming language to create interactive elements on web pages.

4. Programming Implementation

You will become familiar with the underpinning concepts of programming and how it is implemented.

5. Robot Technology

You will develop an understanding of the principles and operations of robots. They will learn about robot control systems, the different types of sensors and their application in a robot. You will also develop the skills to design and develop a program to control a robot and will understand the role and importance of legislation associated with robot technology.

6. Robotic Technology

You will develop an understanding of the principles and operations of robots. They will learn about robot control systems, the

What will the course lead on to?

This course prepares you for progression across a wide range of courses including:

  • HTQ Computing for England
  • Employment; In 2022, the Information and Communication sector employed approximately 19,000 individuals in Cheshire and Warrington, underscoring the potential for job prospects in this industry.

What support is available?

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?

The course is based within our brand new Advanced Creative and Digital Skills Academy providing you with access to all of the latest digital technologies. We have highly experienced staff to support you to develop the essential digital skills so that you can flourish in future progression opportunities.

Although there are no exams, you will be expected to create a portfolio of work that the students may need to complete work outside of the classroom

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to hold a Level 2 qualifiaction in Computer Programming or have prior knowledge suitable at the level required for the course.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

Students must have access to a personal computer and will need broadband access with a reliable connection in order to complete the mandatory remote learning

Guidance on the latest version of relevant software will be provided by your course leader.

Included in the Level 3 free courses for job offers.

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Starts Oct 2024

30 Weeks
Class Times
17:00 - 21:00
Warrington Campus
Tue, Thu
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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