Faculty of Digital Technologies
You will be able to study the following qualifications and pathways in this subject:
Our courses prepare you for an exciting career in the Digital, IT and Creative industry. BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, recognise that these qualifications are fit for purpose with regard to progression towards a professional career in IT or towards continuing education in Computing and Information Technology. We aim for our students to progress to our IT and Design apprenticeships or to University; preparing you to enter this lucrative and rewarding industry. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills that will give you a broad base of knowledge whilst developing specialist skills in the pathway of your choice.
From programming, developing software and creating applications, websites and games development are just some of the elements you will cover.
At Level 3 computer science developer and creative computing pathways you will carry out work in our programming labs, studios and workshops. You will learn how to programme using specialist software, such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Creative suite, IDLE, Python, C#, Java and Notepad++. On our creative computing pathway will get to work in our animation and design studios. In addition to your diploma you will have the opportunity to complete CISCO Certificates, Core maths and an Extended Project Qualification.
Level 1 Units:
Level 2 Units:
· The Online World
· Technology Systems
· A Digital Portfolio
· Spreadsheet Development
· Software Development
· Website Development
· Installing and Maintaining Computer Hardware
· Installing and Maintaining Computer Software
Level 3 Units
Creative Computing Pathway
Principles of Computer Science
Planning and Management of Computing Projects
Building Computer Systems
IT systems Security
Human Computer Interaction
Digital Graphics and Animation
Computer Games Development
Computer Science Developer Pathway
Developing your experience within your industry area is very important. It is important that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with work experience and our tutors have industry links with many relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you different opportunities to complete projects and tasks. With this we have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who come in to work projects, and this will broaden your understanding of different career routes you may wish to follow.
Our links with industry ensure you are equipped with the best and most relevant knowledge. For example Microsoft's Global Account Technology Strategist visits our students to give a presentation about AI. With further links to Sopra Steria, UK fast, COOP, CISCO, AX Paris and individuals from the IT industry who deliver master classes and lectures about their roles in industry.
The Design apprenticeship is a fantastic way to take the first steps into the fast paced and exciting world that is the Creative Industry. This is the perfect opportunity to enhance your CV and gain valuable work experience, working alongside professionals and experts in your chosen field. You will also gain a recognised qualification in Design, attending college on a day release basis. The apprenticeship will give you good all round knowledge of the kind of things that you will come across within your job role and help you develop new skills and grow as an individual designer.
You will develop skills in a range of areas linked to the Design industry, some of which include:
Identifying and understanding a client’s Brand strategy.
Concepts and techniques used in Branding
Writing and interpreting client design briefs.
Creating digital designs to a specific brief
Working to deadlines.
Understanding market research
Working collaboratively in a creative process
Articulate, present and debate ideas in a creative environment.
Managing own time efficiently.
GCSE English, maths and ICT grade C or above.
Basic skills in digital design and use of Adobe software i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator
Assessment on Level 1 is based on assignment and digital portfolio built evidence.
Level 2 & 3 compromises of externally set unit examinations and a synoptic project and college set assignments.
Our Level 2 course is designed as a pathway onto our Level 3 courses.
Level 3 course, progression options include Higher Education, apprenticeship or full time employment. Possible employment routes include Junior Developer, Junior Analyst, Software Engineer and Test Analyst.
Our students who choose to continue their studies at university generally choose higher education courses such as Computing, Computer Science and Software Engineering. Students wishing to progress to University with a high UCAS tariff entry requirement will need to complete an Extended Project and Core maths to maximise their UCAS point achievement.
Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).
Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3
GCSE Re-sit Study Programme
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.
Vocational Level 1 Programme
English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.
Vocational Level 2 Programme
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.
Vocational Level 3 Programme
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English
You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.
You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -
To register your interest - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/
To apply for a vacancy - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email email@example.com
It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.
Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.
This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.
Title: Web and Software Development
Faculty: Digital Technologies
Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time
Delivery Method: Face-to-face