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, 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
Level 2 Units
Level 3 Units
Creative Computing Pathway
Computer Science Developer Pathway
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.
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:
GCSE English, maths and IT grade C or above.
Basic skills in digital design and use of Adobe software, e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator.
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.
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:
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.
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 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
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.
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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