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Web and Software Development

Web and Software Development

Faculty of Digital Technologies

What will I study?

You will be able to study the following qualifications and pathways in this subject:

  •  Pearson BTEC Introductory in Information Technology - Level 1
  •  Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate Information and Creative Technology - Level 2 (Software Pathway)
  •  Pearson BTEC Diploma Computing - Computer Science and Developer Pathway - Level 3
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma Computing - Creative Computing Pathway - Level 3

Our courses prepare you for an exciting career in the Digital, IT and Creative industry. BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, recognises 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.

Programming, developing software, creating applications and websites, and games development are just some of the elements you will cover.

On our 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 you will also 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

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
  • Creating a Website

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
  • Website Development
  • Software Development
  • Digital Video

Computer Science Developer Pathway

  • Principles of Computer Science
  • Planning and Management of Computing Projects
  • IT Systems Security
  • Software Development
  • Building Computer Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Website Development
  • Relational Database Development
  • Programmable Devices and Controllers

 We will support you with Work Experience and our tutors have industry links with many relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations into College to offer projects and tasks. Industry masterclasses are on offer, and guest speakers from your industry specialism will come in to offer work projects, which will broaden your understanding of different career routes within Digital.

Our industry links equip you with the best and most relevant knowledge - for example, Microsoft's Global Account Technology Strategist visits our students to give a presentation about artificial intelligence (AI).

Other links include Sopra Steria, UK Fast, COOP, CISCO and AX Paris.

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

The Design apprenticeship is a fantastic way to take your first steps into the fast-paced and exciting world that is the Creative Industry.

Enhance your CV and gain valuable Work Experience as you work 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 knowledge of the things you will come across in your job role, and help you to develop new skills and grow as an individual designer.

You will develop skills in a range of areas, including:

  • 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
  • Research skills
  • Working to deadlines
  • Understanding market research
  • Working collaboratively in a creative process
  • Articulating, presenting and debating ideas in a creative environment
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management.

Entry requirements:

GCSE English, maths and IT grade C or above.

Basic skills in digital design and use of Adobe software, e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator.

How will I be assessed?

Level 1 assessment is based on assignment and digital portfolio evidence. 

Levels 2 & 3 assessment includes externally set unit examinations, a project and College set assignments.


How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Assessment is ongoing throughout the Apprenticeship. You will create a portfolio of work, both in College and the workplace, which will be used as evidence towards your qualification.

You can be assessed in a number of ways, including:

  • producing written documents or products
  • observations, witness statements
  • photographic and professional discussions.

What will this lead to?

Our Levels 1 & 2 courses are designed as a pathway onto our Level 3 courses.

Progression options from Level 3 include University, an Apprenticeship or full-time employment. Possible employment routes include Junior Developer, Junior Analyst, Software Engineer and Test Analyst.

Students who choose University generally choose  courses such as Computing, Computer Science and Software Engineering. Students wishing to progress to University with a high UCAS entry requirement need to complete an Extended Project and core maths to maximise their UCAS point achievement. 

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship, you will likely be offered full-time employment by your employer. Employers spend time and effort supporting and developing you to enhance their business, and they value you as a member of the team.

Alternatively, you could move on to a different employer and job role to experience different environments. Your employer will give you a good reference and you will have 18 months of Work Experience on your CV to show your new employer.

Another option is to go on to University and get a Degree in your chosen specialism.

Entry requirements

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

T Levels

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but Maths and English GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.

T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject. 

How to apply

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 - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

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're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • 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 admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

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 admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

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.

 

Overview

Title: Web and Software Development

Faculty: Digital Technologies

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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