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Computing Level 3 at Kendal College

Course description

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.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.