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Newcastle College Computing 9

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Computing

The world has never been more connected thanks to social media, cloud computing and emerging technologies. With almost every business relying on technology, the future really is digital. If you're creative, imaginative, and want to explore the possibilities of new technologies, a career in computing could be a great choice.

As a Computing student at Newcastle College, you'll join a passionate, digital community where you can develop the skills you need for a fast-paced future in tech.

Our courses focus on hands-on learning, so you'll benefit from great facilities and get to grips with a range of programmes and hardware that you might find in industry. Plus, you'll gain practical experience with digital employers and collaborate with other students and businesses on exciting projects.

Whether you want to specialise in cyber security, digital marketing, web design or gaming, there's a course to help you succeed.

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What can I study?

Esports - Level 2

Endorsed by The British Esports Association, this Level 2 Esports course is perfect for students who to advance to an Esports Level 3 qualification or apprenticeship.

Length: 1 year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 5th September 2022
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Information Technology - Level 2

Did you know the future is digital? Get started in one of the fastest growing industries with this Level 2 IT course.

Length: 1 year
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 5th September 2022
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Esports - Level 3

This fun and innovative Level 3 Esports course will help you gain the right skills to progress into the industry or at University level.

Length: 2 years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 5th September 2022
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Information Technology - Level 3

Write your own future and prepare for a career in digital with this IT course.

Length: 2 years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 5th September 2022
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Games Design and Development - Level 3

Create a whole new world and turn your imagination into a reality with this Digital Games Design and Development course.

Length: 2 years
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 5th September 2022
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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What can I do with a computing qualification?

Daily tasks:

  • Produces and/or assesses reports and recommendations concerning marketing and sales strategies.
  • Controls the recruitment and training of staff.
  • Examines and analyses sales figures, advises on and monitors marketing campaigns and promotional activities.
  • Discusses employer.
  • Liaises with other senior staff to determine the range of goods or services to be sold.
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Median Salary

£78,034 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Directs the arranging of conferences, exhibitions, seminars, etc. to promote the image of a product, service or organisation.
  • Stays abreast of changes in media, readership or viewing figures and advertising rates.
  • Reviews and revises campaign strategy in light of sales figures, surveys, etc. and takes appropriate corrective measures if necessary.
  • Conceives advertising campaign to impart the desired product image in an effective and economical way.
  • Defines target group and implements strategy through appropriate media planning work.
  • Liaises with client to discuss product/service to be marketed and develops the most appropriate strategy to deliver the objectives.
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Median Salary

£59,250 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Ensures that new technologies are researched and evaluated in the light of the organisation.
  • Prioritises and schedules major IT/telecommunications projects.
  • Considers the required IT/telecommunications staffing levels, oversees recruitment and appointment of staff and directs training policy.
  • Develops the periodic business plan and operational budget for IT/telecommunications to deliver agreed service levels.
  • Directs the implementation within the organisation of IT/telecommunications strategy, infrastructure, procurement, procedures and standards.
  • Develops in consultation with other senior management the IT/telecommunications strategy of the organisation.
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Median Salary

£73,040 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.

Median Salary

£51,052 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.

Median Salary

£55,325 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Works closely with clients to implement new systems.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.

Median Salary

£51,780 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.

Median Salary

£46,711 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Activates the 'live' website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going 'live'.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.

Median Salary

£33,689 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Deals with and reports on breaches in security.
  • Examines IT system for potential threats to its security and integrity and draws up plans for disaster recovery if security is compromised.
  • Makes recommendations concerning software/system quality.
  • Develops quality standards and validation techniques.
  • Develops, implements and documents test plans for IT software, systems and computer games.
  • Undertakes the testing of software, systems or computer games for errors, identifies source of problems and proposes solutions.

Median Salary

£42,266 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Develops and implements tools to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of public relations exercises.
  • Addresses individuals, clients and other target groups through meetings, presentations, the media and other events to enhance the public image of an organisation.
  • Writes, edits and arranges for the effective distribution of press releases, newsletters and other public relations material.
  • Discusses issues of business strategy, products, services and target client base with senior colleagues to identify public relations requirements.

Median Salary

£32,467 View more

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