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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

24+ 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 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 a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above, including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass 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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Aspirations Pay Off For Travel and Tourism Student

Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education. Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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