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Diploma, Level 1

Computing & Digital Design

Technological advancements in an ever-changing world mean digital literacy is key to future development. It is necessary to equip our students with the skills needed for the future. Emerging technology is creating jobs that previously did not exist, it is vital to develop students who are logical and adaptable thinkers to meet future industry needs and are capable of mastering new technology.

The units chosen are selected so that students can develop a solid foundation in IT. Designing and building programs, understanding data and the threats we face while developing project management and teamwork skills will put students in a position where they can face the future challenges with confidence and an ability to solve problems and develop their ideas to create a range of digital content.

Future Career and Earning Potentials:
IT Support Technician £16K-£30K
IT Service Engineer £12K-£30K
IT Project Manager £25K-£70K
(Source: National Careers Service)

You will study many interesting and exciting subjects including:

Level 1
• Introduction to material, processes & key skills in IT.
• Introduction to contextual research in IT
• Introduction to communication using IT
• Solving 2D creative problems using IT
• Solving 3D creative problems using IT
• Solving time-based problems using IT
• Final Major Assessment Project

On completion with the appropriate pass plus English and maths grades, you can progress through the levels, you can then progress to Higher Education to study for an HNC/D, Foundation Degree or BA/BSc degree in a range of disciplines.

Skills in Digital Applications provide a wide range of career options, as well as a route into Further and Higher education.

You could develop a career on the creative side of new media, or you might follow a path that leads you into even more technical areas. You might be more interested in managing the whole process or you might use your knowledge of new media to take you into sales and marketing, or you might prefer to write about what you know. Digital applications play an important role in nearly all careers.

The study programme may also lead to: Software Development, Programmer, Systems Analyst, Web Developer, Computer Engineer & Service Technician, IT Technician & User Support, Network Administrator & Technical Supp.

3 GCSEs at grade 9-1, including English and maths
Relevant Entry Level 3 at Merit grade plus English and maths at a minimum of Entry Level 3