This course will provide you with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience that will help prepare you for a career within the computing industry. It will include the basic theories and applications of computing alongside a good understanding of computer hardware and software systems, with the everyday skills needed for working on computer-based projects.
You will cover various modules including:
Introduction to programming with Visual Studio.NET
Database design/Access VBA programming
You will study these modules in your first year of study as compulsory units.
In your second year of study, you will choose subjects to study at greater depth which will include:
Programming - VB.NET programming with ODBC database connectivity
This is a vocational course where students are assessed via individual and group work, presentations, written assignments, video evidence, mini projects, research, case studies, practical demonstrations and observations.
It is estimated that by the time you complete your studies at college, the UK will be on the brink of a massive skills shortage for people with computing and digital skills. As such you will be in the ideal position to access higher education and new career pathways with a high demand. There was never a better time to get into computing!
During your course you will have the opportunity to go on trips to computing related events such as Insomnia Gaming Convention and Bletchley Park. We are now also working with groups of employers in Greater Manchester to embed work skills and work experience opportunities.
Students will have access to a fully equipped suite with the latest IT equipment and up to date Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) - LearningBox.
The majority of assessment is by course work based on practical assignments which require application of knowledge to practical real-world case studies.
To qualify to get a place on the course, you should have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above, as well as either:
2 A Levels
A Level 3 vocational qualification in a computing or IT related field.
A GNVQ Advanced
If you do not have these qualifications, but do have considerable work related experience in the area you may still be eligible.
On successful completion of the course you will have various opportunities in the area of computing including Computer Programming, Systems Analysis, and Design and Management. In addition to specialist careers, there is a wide range of opportunities in business where in-depth knowledge of computer systems is a valuable asset.
Depending on how related the university degree applied for after HND is, students may be able to get entry point 3 (last year) in universities to convert their qualification to BSc or BA.