Level 1 Computing

Few industries are as dynamic, fast-moving and changeable as Computing and IT. As we approach the 4th Industrial Revolution, preparation is all – and where better to prepare for this exciting future than in our state of the art ICT suite at Tameside College; THE Centre of Excellence in Computing and IT.

Throughout this full time, 1 year study programme, you will establish a comprehensive digital strategy to equip you with the right skills for Industry 4.0 and future-proof your employment opportunities for an as yet undreamt of workforce in the global future.

You will engage in a variety of innovative Information Technology and Computing topics which are ideal for students who wish to further their studies at higher levels or begin a career in a growth industry which involves jobs such as social media managers, coders and developers plus network engineers.

No previous knowledge of computing or ICT is required, however a positive attitude and willingness to learn are essential.

Throughout the course you will study five core units in total, plus additional enhancement modules. These include:

- Improving Productivity Using ICT

- Internet Safety

- Project Management

- Audio and Video Editing

- Introduction To Video Game Development

- Handling Data

- Working In The IT Industry
Throughout the course you will be led and guided by experienced subject experts whose specialist areas include coding, games design, digital artwork, networking and systems analysis.

You will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and experience from many leading Industry experts who will deliver lectures here at the college as well as have the chance to take part in trips and gain practical experience on employment placements.

Our fantastic reputation as a leading Centre Of Excellence in ICT has led to our involvement with many companies including Vodaphone, Manchester Digital, Rental Cars, Booking Go and Auto Trader

Our state of the art ICT suite boasts access to industry standard development tools such as: Visual Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Unity, Office 365, whilst our new ‘Game Development Suite’ offers high specification computers which are loaded with the latest Game Development software and 3D Modelling and animation tools such as Unity, Unreal, Blender and Maya.

To support your pastoral and progress requirements throughout the course, you will be assigned a Curriculum Tutor and a Progress Tutor who will look after your. So you know you will be challenged and supported to ensure you get the most from this fantastic course.
For entry on to this course, you are required to have at least 3 GCSEs at grade 1 or above.

If you have not achieved a Grade 4 in your GCSE maths and/or GCSE English Language, you must continue working towards achieving these GCSE qualifications.

If you do not meet the above requirements then we will still consider your application, however you should be prepared to be able to explain why you desire a career it the IT industry.
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including projects, assignments, practical activities, discussions and case studies.

All units are ‘paperless’ with assignment submission, marking and feedback all provided through our VLE (virtual learning environment). We use a wide range of assessment methods such as discussions, presentations, written work, video and audio evidence.

You will participate in work experience and industry activities embedded into this programme that will be integral to developing the employability skills of each learner.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:

· Level 2 Computing

· Level 2 Media Studies

· Digital Apprenticeship

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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