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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This IT technical qualification is aimed at 16 to 18-year-old learners who are seeking to develop skills and access a range of junior scripting and app development job roles in a variety of sector settings.  This qualification can be studied alongside other A-level qualifications at the Joseph Wright Centre.

On this course you will build on a foundation of programming concepts and study object oriented programming (known as OOP) and event driven programming (EDP). Once these concepts are learned, you will be able to transfer the techniques to different languages. You will also learn about website programming and scripting.

You will be working on industry focused assignments to help you to prepare for work, which will ensure you can talk confidently about your knowledge and skills in an interview situation.

Beginning with the fundamental principles of computing, you will study the different programming constructs, learning about testing, web development, commercial applications, apps and developing solutions for employers or customers.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study. To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Merit grade or above in your first year.

Course Content

This qualification is made up of four mandatory units.  All units must be successfully completed to achieve the full qualification.

Year 1:

  • Fundamental principles of computing - external examination
  • Computer programming - external examination

Year 2:

  • Website technologies - internally centre assessed
  • Mobile applications programming - internally centre assessed

How will I be assessed?

In the first year, assessment is 100% via examination in both units. Examinations can be taken both in January and June.

In the second year, the assessment is 100% internally assessed. Learners can resit their first year exams both in January and June.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to higher education or commence employment. Examples of job opportunities within the IT sector include junior programmer, analyst-programmer, games programmer and software engineer.

Companies that might employ someone with this qualification include software houses and those specialising in web, app and games development. Some learners may choose to work for themselves.

 

 

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.  
 
And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.    
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.  
 
While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.    
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.    
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.     She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.    
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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