Level 3 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,2- year study programme, you will establish a comprehensive digital strategy to equip you with the right skills for industry and future-proof your employment opportunities the workforce in an ever-changing global workplace. There are a variety of pathways you can specialise in; Cyber Security, Software Development, Hardware and Networking, Data Science and Web Technologies.

You will engage in a variety of innovative Information Technology and Computing topics which 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.

This is a unique opportunity to gain current experience of the coding sector through the colleges collaboration with Manchester Digital. Work experience, industry related activities, master classes and career development sessions are embedded within the course.

In addition, 18 learners will be selected to join the ‘Manchester Digital Coding Academy’ and get a head start in the computing sector. You can access prestigious and highly sought after work experience and vital contact with computing specialists.

This course offers a very broad selection of content which will equip learners for an extensive range of higher education, apprenticeship and employment opportunities. The course comprises eighteen units including compulsory modules in communication and employability, computer systems, Information Systems and Software Design and Development. In addition you have the opportunity to study in fields such as:

 ●  Game Design and Development using Unity and Unreal

 ●  Digital Artwork using Adobe Suite

 ●  Programming in Python, Visual Basic and Javascript

 ●  Networks

 ●  Database Management

 ●  Project planning and Systems Analysis

Many of the units are based around case studies drawn from industry to provide a firm vocational context to your studies. The course is assessed through practical assignments and a portfolio. This course is supported by highly experienced staff and dedicated resources such as our new Game Development Studio.
Use industry standard development tools such as: Visual Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Unity, Office 365.

Access to our new ‘Game Development Suite’ of 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.

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be designed with you, to meet your needs and targets will be set to enable your progress and achievement to be tracked and monitored.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor and a Progress Tutor who specifically look after your pastoral and progress requirements throughout the course.

Team events such as Tameside and inter-college / school ‘Hacks’ give you further opportunity to work with industry professionals.

You will also be exposed to a variety of industry experts via trips, placements and guest speakers. For example with companies such as Auto Trader, Vodaphone, Rental Cars, Booking Go, Play Expo and Manchester Digital.

Opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with your peers mirroring current industry practice such as Agile development.
5 GCSE grades at 4 or above. You will be interviewed for this course and should be enthusiastic about working in the computing sector and able to participate in work experience.

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 have achieved a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in maths and/or English, you are no longer required to continue to study and work towards achieving your GCSE Grade 4 in maths and/or English.

For the Manchester Digital Coding Academy, you will require a grade 6 in maths.
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.

There is mandatory work experience embedded into this programme that will be integral to developing the employability skills of each learner.
On completion of the first year you will progress onto year 2 which is equivalent to 3 A levels.

From year two, you can progress onto:

●  University at undergraduate level.

●  Our in-house HNC/HND in computing.

●  Employment within the IT/Computing sector such as helpdesk, front line support, junior developer positions.

●  Degree level Apprenticeship

We actively support learners on their pathway to higher level study. We work closely with our learners through the UCAS process or assisting with applications for apprenticeships or career pathways.


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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