Where is the course delivered?
- Taunton Centre
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone who has a passion for Computing. Many areas of Computing are covered within this programme of study. However, if you have an interest in cyber security and how encryption works then this is the course for you!
What does the course involve?
The course covers the general aspects of the computing industry and this is covered in a range of theoretical and practical teaching sessions.
The theoretical elements of the course look at subjects including: Principles of Computer Science, Fundamentals of Computer Systems, IT Systems Security and Encryption, Business Applications and Social Media, and Virtualisation. All of these units will look at how the industry works and prepare you to understand the theoretical backgrounds behind the computing industry.
What makes this course special?
There are a number of different reasons that make this course special; one is the excellent team that teach on the course who are both enthusiastic about teaching and the computing industry. The computer rooms that are provided at college have up to date industry standard software installed that is used by professional companies keeping the college up to date within the industry.
There are a number of different work placements offered on this course; in the past students have worked with external clients to create websites, as technician and developing computer games.
5 GSCEs at grade A*- C or 9 - 4 including English and Maths or a Merit at a related level 2 study programme.
What are the assessment methods?
The course is assessed in a number of different ways; the majority of the subjects within this course will be internally assessed through assignment work graded at pass, merit and distinction depending on the quality of the work that is submitted. Some of the units on the course are externally assessed using different methods either through an on screen exam or an external controlled assessment.
How long is the course?
The course is 2 years long studying full time.
What are the College attendance requirements?
The college expects 100% attendance across all areas of study programme whether this is the Computing lessons, work placement, enrichment or Maths and English. Students are expected to be in college for a minimum of 15 hours a week; although they are not limited to this as the learning resource centre and other areas are open throughout the week for extra study time.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
There are no compulsory additional costs that come with this course however we recommend you attend all educational study visits and residential including: Euro-gamer, EGX, Insomnia, Warner Bro’s Studio, and London, Barcelona and New York residential. Educational visits will come at a small cost to each learner through a variety of prices depending on the trip. Residential will be sourced at competitive prices. If you want to achieve highly in this course you will need to complete coursework and study in your own time and to do this we recommend having a PC/Laptop available to you during your evenings/weekends.
What are the progression options?
There are a number progression options available after this course; you can choose to continue your studies here at Bridgwater and Taunton College. This is a natural progression route as it will lead directly on from what you study at level three all the way up to level six, covering a range of different topic areas within the games industry including Network and Mobile Systems Security, Computer Network Technologies, and Website Development etc. You can also choose to study elsewhere in general Computer Science degrees or you can choose to study something more specific e.g. Cyber Security, Forensics, Networking, and Software Engineering etc.
You also have the option to go straight into industry although this is very difficult without having a degree but it is possible with a very strong portfolio of work.
Many of our students choose to continue their studies at higher education after they have finished their course. A distinct number of students choose to continue here at Bridgwater and Taunton College whilst others study elsewhere to fulfil their ambition of working within the Computing Industry.
Pearson / Edexcel