Computing Level 3 at Kendal College
This is a two year programme equivalent to 3 A-Levels, aimed at people wanting to study IT at advanced level.
You will develop skills across a broad range of areas such as digital graphics, website production, event-driven programming, computer networks, systems analysis and design, databases, human computer interaction, web server scripting, two dimensional animation and interactive media authoring.
This course usually takes place over 3 days per week.
On this course you will take part in lively discussions about new technology and use our 3D printer and seperate network, giving you the opportunity to practice networking. The department organises talks from employers, for example, last year BAE gave students an oveview of project management, and Bletchley Park gave a security talk. They also organise industry relevant visits and trips, for example last year students attended EGX in Birmingham, the UK’s biggest gaming event.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.
You will study core units in:
- Communication and Employability Skills
- Computer Systems
- Information Systems
As well as specialist units, including:
- Digital Graphics
- Website Production
- Event Driven Programming
- Computer Networks
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Software Design & Development
- Object Oriented Programming
- Database Design
- Human Computer Interaction
- Mathematics for IT Practitioners
- Web Server Scripting
- Computer Animation
- 2D Animation Production
- Interactive Media Authoring
You will need a Level 2 Diploma in ICT (at Merit or Distinction grade), or five GCSEs at grades A*-C or above, one of which should be in IT and one in English. You should also demonstrate a keen interest in IT development.
You will be assessed throughout the year via professional discussions, assignments, practical observation and presentations.
There are 3 assessments per unit and 9 units a year.
Many students progress onto the College’s Foundation Degree in Computing or a university programme. There are a huge range of possible Higher Education routes including programming, games design and business IT. Some learners prefer to gain employment in the IT industries in programming, networking or web design areas.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.