IT & Digital Communications

Qualification: Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

This hands-on course IT is designed to give you the creative and technical skills to follow a career in digital communications. It will include producing creative content to inspire your audience and the development of evolving technologies in IT such as social media and mobile apps. The course will develop your skills of communicating online and designing and creating marketing tools to communicate with your audience.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#


#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Understanding technology (hardware, software and networking)
  • Sharing and analysing data and online information
  • Design interactive websites and apps
  • Cyber security
  • Planning and delivering projects
  • Software engineering systems for business
  • Development of a software product for a business

Year 2

  • Analysis and design of data systems
  • Mobile technology
  • How and why businesses use the internet
  • Mobile app design and prototyping
  • Cloud technology
  • Social media and digital marketing

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.

Facilities
  • Animation suite (Maya)
  • Digital video and media production
  • IT workshops
  • Design studios
Assessment

IT & Digital Communications Level 3 Assessment

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs 9-4/A*-C (including English, maths and IT) OR
  • Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area, including GCSE English 9-4/A*-C)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 2 years Main
What next?
  • Degree at university
  • Social media, digital marketing and web design related employment
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Visit to digital agency
  • Industry week activities
  • Work experience

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.