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IT and Software Development at New College Swindon

Course description

This is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will cover a wide range of IT and Computing topics. You learn about the job area you have chosen, and develop the skills you need to start your career.

Course content

The Extended Diploma is made up of 18 units. You will study over 2 years.

In the first year IT and software development students will study the same 9 units which will probably be:

Communication and Employability skills for It (Core)

Computer Systems (Core)

Information Systems (Core)

Software development and design

Website Production

Computer Animation

Digital Graphics

Computer Networks

Spreadsheet Modelling

In the first year of studying the BTEC Software Development students are given the opportunity to do a week’s work placement. Employers include, Intel, Nationwide and many more. Furthermore, we have industry experts come in to give talks about current IT trends involving hardware, software, website development and much more.

In the second year students will following either a Software development or general IT pathway

Software development Units

Procedural Programming

Event Driven Programming

Object Orientated programming

Systems Analysis and design

Web Server Scripting

Web Animation

Database Design

Digital Graphics for Interactive Media

Client Side customisation of webpages

General IT Units

IT Technical Support eCommerce Organisational System Security

Web Animation

Client Side customisation of webpages

Digital Graphics for Interactive Media

3D Modelling

Database Design

Human Computer Interface

Entry requirements

You must have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths and English). To study AS/A Levels alongside this course you will need at least 2 of these subjects at grade B. You will need to demonstrate a strong interest in IT and Computing as this course will be your main focus of study for 2 years.


The programme is assessed through a range of methods including assignments, a project, short tests and presentations. There is a mix of individual and group work. You will need to be able to produce good quality written assignments to agreed deadlines.

You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly evaluate and discuss your progress.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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