Who is this course for?
This course has been specifically designed for students who have an interest in Computing and Information Technology, and wish to find out how it works. You will complete assignments that will develop the skills and knowledge that lead to IT-related careers or progression on to Level 3 courses.
What are the entry requirements for the course?
Minimum five GCSEs at grades D – E (grade 2-3) or higher.
How long is this course?
A one year full-time course beginning September 2017, ending June 2018
What will I study on this course?
Subjects studied include: programming, web development, networking and graphics.
Unit 1 – Digital Portfolio: This unit provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to prospective employers by creating an online digital portfolio. Learners will have to draw on the learning they have gained from a number of different subject areas to create an appropriate product.
Unit 2 – Personal Computers: This unit covers the fundamentals of personal computer hardware and software. Students who complete this unit will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software.
Unit 3 – Digital Startup: This unit is about technology StartUp companies and how they receive attention and funding. Students will learn to perform market research in order to design their own StartUp product and pitch the idea to gain feedback from peers.
Unit 4 – Employability: You will study towards an entry-level professional certification. Where applicable, students will also study towards their GCSE resit in Maths/English and/or Functional Skills.
Unit 5 – Graphics: This unit will explore the technologies used to create digital graphics. Learners will create digital graphics, whilst utilising a number of different tools. Learners will also learn how to evaluate their graphical work based on a client brief.
Unit 6 – Internet Technologies and Website Development: In this unit the learner will explore the technologies used – both hardware and software – in internet communications. Learners will also investigate common website design principles which will culminate in the design, creation and evaluation of a learners’ own website.
Unit 7 – Networking and Troubleshooting: Learners will understand the components of a network, assemble and configure a network and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Learners will also be able to configure devices to connect to the internet and Cloud services.
Unit 8 – Digital App Creation: This unit will build on the skills of learners who have achieved a passing grade in Customising Existing Apps. Learners will create new apps, develop user-interfaces, and write program code. The unit culminates in a final project that is either a business focused app or a game app.
Unit 9 – Customising Apps: This unit will introduce learners to core programming skills. It will focus on looking at and understanding existing code then using skills learned to modify this code.
Unit 10 – Game Design: The purpose of this unit is to understand game design and learn about game genres and platforms in contemporary society. Learners will design a game concept and evaluate with feedback before presenting their final game idea that reflects improvements based on feedback.
What Qualification will I gain?
Jersey Progression Diploma in Computing
Will I go out on work experience?
Taking part in work experience is encouraged, however placements for all students is not guaranteed. Participation in the Institute of Directors’ Work Shadowing Scheme and Young Enterprise is also offered to students.
What does this course lead on to?
The Jersey Progression Diploma in Computing gives you the skills to either move on to Level 3 Diploma in IT or go straight into employment. The JPQ in Computing can lead to career opportunities in IT such as IT administration and support and other IT-related careers – usually in a trainee position with opportunities for progression.
How much will it cost?
Students are required to bring their own laptop to participate on the course.
How can I find out more?
For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on: 608752 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org