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ICT - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Computing – Design/Development Pathway at Wakefield College

Course description

This is a computer science based course with creative computing elements including digital graphics and animation, website production, and software design/development. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in software or hardware based digital industry, this course is for you. You’ll also gain knowledge of programming and will be able to write your own computer programs using an industry-standard language.

Course content

What you will study

This course contains several computing based units. You’ll gain an understanding of computer science principles and the fundamentals of computer systems – the hardware and software. You’ll use industry-standard software and techniques while on the course, including coding websites using HTML and CSS, programming using C# language, understanding about computer hardware and networking, and creating computer games. Year 1 – Foundation Diploma (Creative Computing Pathway) principles of computer science fundamentals of computer systems IT systems security and encryption business applications of social media computer games development digital graphics and animation Year 2 – Extended Diploma (Creative Computing Pathway) planning and management of computing projects software design and development project the impact of computing building computer systems IT systems security software development 3D modelling website production Your Course Structure Classroom based: 75% Exam based: 25%

How you will learn

You’ll learn through taught class sessions.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4)including English language and Maths
Level 2 Diploma in IT at Merit or Distinction and Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths


You’ll be assessed using a mixture of coursework assignments, projects, and exams.

Financial information

Course Costs (subject to change)

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students. Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost. Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

Future opportunities

Further study

This qualification is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and provides progression to higher education to study for a foundation or honours degree here with us or at University.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include web designer and developer, programmer, software developer, systems analyst, IT technician, or network administrator.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: Mark Bashforth, Course Co-ordinator Tel: 01924 789146 or Email: or the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 June 2017
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    • Wakefield College Crofton Academy (Postcode WF4 1NF)


      In September 2013 we were proud to launch a new centre for post-16 learners. The new centre is a collaboration between Crofton Academy and Wakefield College and will offer post-16 learners in the Wakefield District an exciting new learning environment combining the strengths of both organisations.

      The new centre is housed in a brand new building within the grounds of Crofton Academy and staffed by a combination of Wakefield College and Crofton Academy staff.

      It offers a range of post-16 education opportunities, at various levels, open to all students from across the District.  It will provide a career-focused offer, giving young people the chance to continue with the next stage of their education locally, before going into employment or on to university.