Level 2 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 Computing suites 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 and progression onto the Level 3 course as well as work towards future-proofing 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. The course covers a wide range of units that broadly fall into these areas:

Base Skills Software Development

Mobile App Development

Graphic Design

Animation Design

Web Development

Spreadsheet Development

Hardware Installation & Maintenance

Database Development

We also work closely with local and national employers such as Autotrader and Vodaphone as well as working with Manchester Digital to set up placements, guest speakers and event days.
You will use industry standard development tools such as: The Unreal Development Engine, Visual Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Unity Game Engine, Office 365. 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 will 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 the 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, work experience opportunities and guest speakers. You will have the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with your peers mirroring current industry practice such as Agile development.
5 GCSE grades at 3 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.
There are two externally assessed units:

Unit 1 – The Online World

Unit 2 – Technology Systems

All other units are ‘paperless’ with assignment submission, marking and feedback all provided through our VLE (virtual learning environment), and Microsoft Teams. We use a wide range of assessment methods such as discussions, presentations, written work, video and audio evidence.
On successful completion of the Level 2Computing qualification, you will be bale to progress onto our two year Level 3 Computing qualification.

From Level 3, you can progress onto:

University at undergraduate level.

Our in-house HNC/HND in computing.

Employment within the IT/Computing industry.

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.?

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