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Code is the language of the modern world. Whether it's the app that brings emails to a mobile or the car that knows how many miles to go until refuelling. Any smart device needs code instructions to tell it how to operate and communicate with the outside world.

This course focuses on the job role of a software practitioner across a range of sectors including website creation, mobile applications and games creation. You will explore programming languages and the contexts in which these may be used.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Communications in the IT Industry
    • Working in the IT Industry

    You will also study five additional units from:

    • Computer Graphics
    • Developing Programming Solutions
    • Database Systems
    • Website Development
      • Developing Computer Games
    • Fundamentals of Computer Applications

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in developing skills in software development and programming and wish to gain a Level 2 qualfication in IT.

  • How is the course assessed?
    • Units are internally assessed
    • Units are externally moderated through assignments
    • All units are assessed with course work which is graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.
  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The concepts and fundamentals of data, including searching, storing, integrating and organising data
    • The main features and benefits of digital information systems and how these are used to maintain information and to support organisations and best working practices
    • The principles of organisational information security governance and the components of an organisation's cyber security technical infrastructure including hardware, operating systems, networks, software and cloud.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Install and configure basic hardware system components, networks and devices

    • Write code following an appropriate logical approach to agreed standards

    • Follow information security procedures.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Manage own time to meet deadlines and Manage stakeholder expectations
    • Work independently and take responsibility for own actions within a given job role
    • Work with a range of internal and external customers.
  • General info

    There will be a trip arranged during your course and we recommend that all students participate. The cost of the trip is approximately £35 and this cost is payable at enrolment in September.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course at Pass Grade you may want to consider progressing onto 1 of the following courses offer at Northampton College:

    OCR Level 3 Digital And Cyber Technologies OCR Level 3 Networking And Emerging Digital Technologies

    To progress onto either of the courses above you need to achieve GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4 (C) and English GCSE at Grade 3 (D).

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.