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Computer Science Level 2 at Gateshead College

Course description

This exciting study programme will help you build up a range of creative and technical skills and knowledge to help you get into a wide range of computing jobs in the future or to progress onto further study programmes such as Level 3 Diplomas. 

A study programme is more than a qualification; it includes all the ingredients to make you the best you can be, to give you an edge in the jobs market or if you’re moving into further study. 

It is personal to you and is made up of a range of activity.

The majority of time will be spent on the qualification you choose to study and will be a mix of practical work and theory, all shaped around the technical skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. 

The rest of your time will be spent in English and maths, work experience, tutorials and reviews along with a range of other activities designed to boost your CV in some way. 

Course content

  • Discovery Project

This project looks at social media, how companies use technology, cloud computing, how computers work, an intro to programming and HTML, networking and various handheld devices.

  • Websites & Multimedia

You will be given a project brief by a local employer which will see you creating a variety of graphics and websites using industry standard software.  The websites will include interactive multimedia content such as videos and animations and the finished products will be looked at by the employers.

  • Software Development

You will be given another project brief by a different employer, but this time you will be creating software using a few different languages. You will get the chance to test your programs on a range of different platforms.

Mentoring Scheme

Along with this you will be part of an employer engagement scheme where you will work with employers from local businesses to help improve your skills further.  The possibilities with this scheme are endless, students have been given real-life projects to work on, visited the employers at work and been given opportunities to showcase their work. This scheme, along with our tutorial programme will help you become work ready as well as preparing you for the outside world with training on money management, help with job hunting, interviews and confidence building. 

Work Experience

We want you to be job ready when you leave us and able to put what you have learnt into practice in the workplace. Relevant and high quality work experience placements, employer mentoring, commercial and vocational projects will help you to do this and are an important part of your study programme. Plus make an impression on an employer and who knows where that could lead!

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs, or the equivalent, and ideally a minimum Level 1 attainment in Math and English.

Future opportunities

Fast-track to an apprenticeship

You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.