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Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+/C+ or above, including English Language and Maths.

What does the course involve:

BTEC IT is a practical course where you learn to build a computer, build a game, write a phone app and produce a computer animation. You might want to work as an IT professional, such as a Games Designer or Computer Technician or you might want to use your communication skills as a primary school teacher, helpdesk assistant or an IT Trainer.

  • Computer Animation – build a range of animations for your games or websites
  • Developing Computer Games – design, build, test and document a computer game
  • Event driven programming – build a phone app
  • Communication and Employability Skills - learn how to get a job in the IT Industry
  • Computer Systems – learn how to build and repair a computer and install and customise software.
How is the course assessed:

The two year course is 100% coursework. This large coursework component allows students to develop independent learning skills and spreads assessment evenly throughout the course. Criteria to work to in these assessments are clearly structured to help students achieve and the vast majority of students achieve the highest grade at the end of year 2.

Additional Notes:

There are a wide range of progression opportunities including: Computing, ICT, Information Systems, Multimedia all at degree level. Any employment sector which relies on ICT including: Medical, Business, Accounting, Law, Education and Engineering.

Open For Applications: Yes
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is for you if you want to gain relevant skills for employment and/or progression in Computing and Information Technology. You will learn about the use of Information Technology in business and industry and also about the professional skills and knowledge you will need. After the course you can either stay in F.E. and continue your studies on a Level 3 Diploma in either ICT or a related subject or use your qualification to make the move into employment or an apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements:

Three GCSE passes at grade 3 (D) or above, preferably including Mathematics. If you have other qualifications and/or prior relevant experience please contact us.

What does the course involve:

You will learn about ICT and computers such as how to install computer components and software, build websites, learn how to use a range of ICT software packages, design a game and set up and test a computer network. This course enables you to improve your job prospects by obtaining a nationally recognised qualification in Information and Technology together with the opportunity to develop your Maths and English skills in order to achieve GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications.

How is the course assessed:

It will be assessed over the course through practical activities, project work, some tests and assignments.

How much does it cost:

You are expected to provide a USB pen or hard drive to hold your data and the college also provide Microsoft 365 cloud software so you have Microsoft Office software at home and online storage to hold your lesson notes and portfolio materials.

Additional Notes:

At the college there are the following facilities: An extensive range of modern computer equipment; dedicated teaching laboratories; a well-equipped Resource Centre, available to you outside normal class times; an on-line learning system you can get to from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Open For Applications: Yes
Apply Link: http://www.ucas.com
Who is it for?:

Course Specification

The Higher Education Computing Science courses at Shrewsbury College are run in conjunction with Staffordshire University. They provide a range of qualifications from part time Higher National Certificates (HNC) to full time Higher National Diplomas (HND), with the provision of progression to a BSc Degree at Staffordshire University.

These qualifications are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to enhance their career potential in the computing profession. The courses are particularly suitable for mature learners, who have some computing experience and are possibly wanting a career change.Graduates from the programme are likely to find employment in the following areas, computer programming, web development and computer networks.

 

Entry Requirements:

The course is awarded by Staffordshire University and it is a standard requirement for the admissions criteria for all partner awards to be agreed by the University in conjunction with its partner colleges. The University Programme Advisors work with the College to agree the appropriate entry requirements and ensure that these are applied consistently and fairly across all delivery sites. The ultimate authority for admission to the awards remains with the university. Applicants with an Advanced Apprenticeship qualification in a relevant subject will be considered. Accreditation may be given for prior learning or relevant work experience for mature learners. Entry requirements include GCSEs for English and maths at grade C or above however equivalent qualifications , work experience or a keen interest in computing, will be taken into consideration. Applicants without GCSEs will be required to complete initial assessments and may wish to consider the part time GCSE courses that the college offers both during the evening and daytime.

International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course.

What does the course involve:

The HNC course develops your technical skills and knowledge in the field of Computing Science together with learning how to apply these skills in the workplace. The course has a large practical project based element and learning is mainly assessed through the production of technical artefacts. Areas of study on the HNC Applied Computing course include: Website Development, Programming, Computer Networking, Computer Hardware and Databases. In addition there is a Professional and Academic Skills module that explicitly focuses on significant elements required for the achievement of the Staffordshire University Graduate Attributes.

How is the course assessed:

Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment method will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments, developing portfolios, examinations and presentations.

How much does it cost:

The fee includes additional credits that enables top-up to HND in a year. You may be asked to contribute to visits and purchase your own books and devices to store electronic information.

Additional Notes:

The programmes are delivered on a part time basis each week. As with all higher levels of learning it is also vital and expected that candidates take ownership of further independent study to extend learning. Successful HNC students can apply for a third year of study to top-up to a HND in Applied Computing. On completion of this qualification Shrewsbury College holds an annual Higher Education Award Ceremony at St Chads in Shrewsbury Town Centre.

At Shrewsbury College we do our best to make HE study as easy as possible for you and that includes making living away from home for the first time an exciting prospect, rather than a cause for concern. If you’re planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College, student accommodation is now available in the centre of Shrewsbury. For more information please follow this link: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/shire-services/mardol-house-student-accommodation/

 

What do I do next?:

Complete the online application form at http://www.ucas.com and click on the 'Apply' part of the site. You can then click 'Register/ Log in' to begin the registration process. Shrewsbury College students must register as 'a student at a college' and input our buzzword "Shrewsbury2018". At the course section, select your chosen subject and course provider is Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open For Applications: Yes
Apply Link: http://www.ucas.com
Who is it for?:

Course Specification

The Higher Education Computing Science courses at Shrewsbury College are run in conjunction with Staffordshire University. They provide a range of qualifications from part time Higher National Certificates (HNC) to full time Higher National Diplomas (HND), with the provision of progression to a BSc Degree at Staffordshire University. If you are currently employed in a computing related field there is the option to do a part time Foundation Degree (FDSc) in Computing. These qualifications are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to enhance their career potential in the computing profession. The courses are suitable for progressing Level 3 students, such as BTEC Diplomas and A Levels, and mature returning learners who have some computing experience.

Entry Requirements:

This course is awarded by Staffordshire University. It is a standard requirement for the admissions criteria for all partner awards to be agreed by the University in conjunction with its partner colleges. The University Programme Advisors work with the participating Colleges to agree the appropriate entry requirements and ensure that these are applied consistently and fairly across all delivery sites. The ultimate authority for admission to the awards remains with the university. The normal admissions requirements for the Higher National Diploma programme are 48 points from the UCAS Tariff. Students offering Advanced Modern Apprenticeship qualifications will be considered. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C mathematics or a recognised equivalent (e.g. 4 x OCN level 5 units; OCR Numeracy, etc.).

International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course.

What does the course involve:

This course develops your technical skills and knowledge in the field of Computing Science together with learning how to apply these skills in the workplace. The course has a large practical project based element and learning is mainly assessed through the production of technical artefacts. Areas of study on the HND Computing course include: Website Development, Programming, Computer Networking, Computer Hardware, Systems Analysis, Databases, Multimedia, Management for IT, culminating in a final year Computing Project. In addition there is a Professional and Academic Skills module that explicitly focuses on significant elements required for the achievement of the Staffordshire University Graduate Attributes.

How is the course assessed:

Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments, developing portfolios, examinations and presentations.

How much does it cost:

You may be asked to contribute to visits and purchase your own books and devices to store electronic information.

Additional Notes:

HND Computing programmes are normally delivered over 2 days a week. As with all higher levels of learning it is also vital and expected that candidates take ownership of further independent study to extend learning. On completion of this qualification Shrewsbury College holds an annual Higher Education Awards Ceremony at St Chads in Shrewsbury Town Centre. At Shrewsbury College we do our best to make HE study as easy as possible for you and that includes making living away from home for the first time an exciting prospect, rather than a cause for concern.

If you’re planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College, student accommodation is now available in the centre of Shrewsbury. For more information please follow this link: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/shire-services/mardol-house-student-accommodation/

 

What do I do next?:

Complete the online application form at www.ucas.com and click on the 'Apply' part of the site. You can then click 'Register/ Log in' to begin the registration process. Shrewsbury College students must register as 'a student at a college' and input our buzzword "Shrewsbury2018". At the course section, select your chosen subject and course provider is Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: Computing and Information Technology is the basis of modern society. This two year Extended Diploma offers a varied range of units that will suit students wanting to gain computing and IT experience whilst also developing their interest in Computer Games Development. The practical subjects taught on this Extended Diploma will enable you to gain wide-ranging experience for a career in Computing and Video Games Development. Some of the potential careers include: Games Developer; Programmer; Project Manager; 3D Modeller; Website Designer; Software Developer; Quality Assurance Tester; Systems Analyst. This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, so you can progress onto a computing course in Higher Education (HE), either here at Shrewsbury College or University or you can use your qualification to make the move into employment.
Entry Requirements: Four GCSE passes at grade C (4), normally including Mathematics and English Language. If you have other qualifications and/or prior relevant experience please contact us. Candidates who are over 21 may be accepted without these qualifications and should contact the Programme Tutor for guidance.
What does the course involve: Examples of subjects covered include: Computer Game Design; Developing Computer Games; Computer Game Platforms and Technologies; 3D Modelling; Digital Graphics; Computer Animation; Website Design; Computer Systems; Programming; Software Design; Development and Project Management. Developing your maths and English skills in order to achieve recognised qualifications is also an important objective of the course as are a range of short modules leading to industry recognised certificates, designed to enhance the career prospects of students.
How is the course assessed: It will be assessed throughout the course through practical activities, project work, some tests and assignments.
How much does it cost: You are expected to provide a USB pen, hard drive/cloud software to hold your data; folders to hold your lesson notes and portfolio materials.
Additional Notes: At the College there are a number of facilities: An extensive range of modern computer equipment, dedicated teaching laboratories, a well-equipped resource centre, which is available to you outside your normal class times and an on-line learning system that you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection. Should you choose to study smaller sized level 3 BTEC qualification other than the Extended Diploma you may have the option to study an A Level alongside. The options may include Biology, Business, English Language, Maths, PE, Psychology, and Sociology – but please check at your Group Interview. Options should appear when you apply for this course online.
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: Computing and Information Technology is the basis of modern society. This two year Extended Diploma offers a varied range of units that will suit students wanting to gain computing and IT experience in order to progress into employment or onto Higher Education. The practical subjects taught on this Extended Diploma will enable you to gain wide-ranging experience for a career in Computing and IT. Some of the potential careers include: Networking & Systems Support; Programmer; Project Manager; Games Developer; Website Designer; Software Developer; IT Consultant & Systems Analyst. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, so you can progress onto a computing course in Higher Education (HE), either here at Shrewsbury College or at University or you can use your qualification to make the move into employment.
Entry Requirements: Four GCSE passes at grade C (4), normally including Mathematics and English Language. If you have other qualifications and/or prior relevant experience please contact us. Candidates who are over 21 may be accepted without these qualifications and should contact the Programme Tutor for guidance.
What does the course involve: Examples of subjects covered include: Computer Systems, IT Technical Support, Programming, Computer Networks, Website Design, Web Server Scripting, Robotics and Control, Digital Graphics and Animation, Systems Analysis and Design and Project Management. Developing your maths and English skills in order to achieve recognised qualifications is also an important objective of the course as are a range of short modules leading to industry recognised certificates, designed to enhance the career prospects of students.
How is the course assessed: It will be assessed throughout the course through practical activities, project work, some tests and assignments.
How much does it cost: You are expected to provide a USB pen, hard drive/cloud software to hold your data; folders to hold your lesson notes and portfolio materials.
Additional Notes:

At the College there are a number of facilities: An extensive range of modern computer equipment, dedicated teaching laboratories, a well-equipped resource centre, which is available to you outside your normal class times and an on-line learning system that you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Obtain practical experience by participating in the running of a company called FixIT. This provides a repair service to employees of the College.

Should you choose to study smaller sized level 3 BTEC qualification other than the Extended Diploma you may have the option to study an A Level alongside. The options may include Biology, Business, English Language, Maths, PE, Psychology, and Sociology – but please check at your Group Interview. Options should appear when you apply for this course online.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements: An interest in learning to use Microsoft Applications.
What does the course involve: The classes will focus on the most commonly used applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Lessons will be held in a computing lab where your tutor will demonstrate how to use a range of tools and applications. They will provide support whilst you practise using the software effectively and create your own portfolio.
How is the course assessed: During the sessions your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback. Additional tasks will be provided for you to practice at home.
Additional Notes: A USB pen is not essential but will enable you to take electronic copies of your work home.
Other details: No additional qualifications are required.
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: This course is designed for anyone wishing to develop a basic grasp of Excel. This is an exciting time in the computing industry where the development of platforms and skills sets has been highlighted once more. These key skills sets underpin development within the sector and impact on the growth and sustainability of our economy. At a fundamental level personal development in Microsoft systems skills can help across a wide range of employment sectors and roles. The Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) is a natural progression route. This qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT sector and is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within Administration or the IT industry.
Entry Requirements: You need to be able to demonstrate a keen enthusiasm and interest for Excel and spreadsheets.
What does the course involve: Your course will look at 'Quick Tools' to widen your Excel experience as well as focus on the key requirements you will need to develop and improve your skills. You will have the opportunity to practise and use the materials on the Microsoft Systems Excel full programme which will give you a suitable level of experience and support to enable you to consider progression to the next level.
How is the course assessed: There is no formal assessment.
How much does it cost: The cost is as advertised.
Additional Notes: You may wish to bring a notepad, pen and USB pen with you so that you can save your work.

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