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Digital Applications - Award, Certificate or Diploma at Skinners' Academy

Course description

If you take the whole Diploma, there are four units, which are equivalent to four GCSEs. If you don’t want to take all four, you can get the Award (AiDA), which is equivalent to one GCSE, by taking the unit in Using ICT. This unit forms the basis of the other units on offer - Multimedia, Graphics and ICT in Enterprise. To get the Certificate (CiDA), you have to take Using ICT and one of the others. To get the full Diploma (DiDA), you need to take and pass all four units. In Unit 1 you will learn how to use a variety of software to an advanced level including: • databases • presentations • internet and intranet • spreadsheets • desktop publishing • word processing as well as learning how to plan and manage the whole process effectively. Using ICT We live in an age of information overload – TV, radio, text-messaging, web and e-mail, telephone, video, DVD and CD – to say nothing of newspapers, magazines and face-to-face conversations. These are all issues addressed by the course in Using ICT, which will also teach you how to critically evaluate your own work, and the work of others. Multimedia This course will help you to design and produce your own multimedia applications, as well as take a critical look at multimedia in the world around you. You will learn how to collect your own multimedia products – music, images or photographs, for example - and then manage the process of putting them together to create something new. Graphics Graphic images are central to modern culture. Think of the images used to promote products, clothes and services in the worlds of fashion, advertising and marketing. In this unit, you will look at the ways in which they’re used and create your own original designs. You will also manage and plan your work and, like the other units, prepare and present an eportfolio. ICT in Enterprise Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Digital technology has a major role to play in most businesses these days and many businesses use digital technology to make money - by designing websites for example. Among the other skills you will develop will be planning and project management, and reviewing and critically evaluating your own work and that of others.

Entry requirements

for AS level – a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, usually with a Grade B or above in the subject to be taken at AS level or in an associated subject. for A2 level – candidates should normally have obtained a pass at AS level, preferably at grade C or above.

Future opportunities

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 & Marketing. Or you might prefer to write about what you know. Digital applications play an important role in nearly all careers. Whatever path you take, the Diploma in Digital Applications could be your first step.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your current school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Skinners' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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