Information Technology - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
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Write your own future and prepare for a career in digital with this IT course.
You will learn how to use a range of hardware and programming software including NetBeans and Java. Build your skills in databases and spreadsheets, web design, network management, social media, programming, building networks and systems and cloud computing.
On this course you will be able to specialise in Software Development or Cyber Security.
Benefit from strong links to local digital employers including Accenture and Tombola, with an opportunity to undertake a work placement with one of them.
You will also have opportunities to get involved with charitable and social action projects and explore degree level study during your course.
5 GCSEs grade 4 or above
GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
GCSE grade 4 in English or maths
If English is not your first language, you will also need an IELTS score of 5 or above.
You will be invited to take part in a two-day ‘Summer School’ prior to officially enrolling onto this course.
What will I achieve?
This is a two year programme and you will achieve a qualification after successful completion of each year.
In year one you will receive a Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Information Technology.
In year two you will receive a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Information Technology.
What will I learn?
Learners on this course can choose to undertake a Software Development route or a Cyber Security route. All students will take common modules as well as specialist modules to reflect their chosen pathway. Modules may include:
Creating systems to manage information
Using social media in business
IT project management
Cyber security and incident management
How is the course taught?
Guided independent study
How am I assessed?
Portfolio of coursework
Work experience opportunities
You will have an opportunity to spend three days with a digital employer or within an IT department. Students have recently completed work placements with companies including Tombola, Accenture, McDonalds, Nexus and Ignite.
You may also be able to get involved with employer projects. This year, students worked closely with Humberside Police to look at the dangers of social engineering.
English and Maths
If you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either English or maths, you will be supported through dedicated lessons to achieve these qualifications.
They will be embedded into your course through written communications and expression, the learning of technical language, the application of maths within coding and using formulae in spreadsheets and databases.
Where can I progress?
On successful completion of this course you can progress onto an IT related degree and you will be guaranteed a place at Newcastle College University Centre.
Alternatively, you may wish to progress to a suitable apprenticeship, or apply for entry level roles within industry such as IT service teams.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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- Controls the recruitment and training of staff.
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- Discusses employer.
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