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Creative Design in Technology Level 3 Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

This Level 3 Information & Creative Technology course offers modules linking Electronics, Graphic Design, Art, Animation, Website Production, Programming technologies and different communication methods such as blogging and social networks in preparation for a wider range of University courses and job prospects. Alongside academic studies learners have the opportunity of University visits, World Skills competitions, sports and gym facilities, overseas trips (Paris, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania). Learners also have the opportunity to visit a European organisation to study their business operations and to visit New York. The volunteer programme, IT Ambassadors, is embedded into the course with 5 weeks during the academic year when learners are available to volunteer for work in local industry. Learners are encouraged to use BigAmbition initiatives to look for work in the wider world. It is anticipated that learners will be involved with the UK Girls in IT Employer Steering Group, a group that works to Inspire girls to consider a future in technology. Companies involved with this group are Accenture, BBC, British Airways, Centrica, Ford, IBM, Infosys,, Network Rail and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Course content

Learners will study 12 units over 2 years that will give a broader understanding of the IT sector, ranging from creative skills such as graphics and art, programming, through to employment skills. Units can include Computer Systems, Computers in Art and Design, Soft Circuit Electronics, Information Systems, Human Computer Interaction and Control Technologies, as well as Digital Graphics and 3D Modelling. Communication skills will be developed through Website Development, blogging and other Social Networks. During the 2 years the skills learned will be used to undertake a Project Planning module. The majority of the course hours will be spent on practical IT activities. In year 2, subjects covered can include Information Systems, Event Driven and Object Orientation Programming, Controlling Systems Using IT, Website Production and Computer Game Modelling. The majority of the course hours will be spent on practical IT activities.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C.  English and Maths a minimum of Grade D.  Mathematics. Learners that do not have GCSE grade C or above English and/or Maths will be required to build on these skills with a functional skills qualification. Applicants over 21 are welcome and may not need the above qualifications.


You will be assessed by a wide range of assessments including assignments, tasks and a written exam.

During the course learners are set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded. Learners are encouraged to use e-learning to support and extend their learning in their private study time.

Future opportunities

Progression from this course is entry to Higher Education or employment. The course is equivalent to A-Levels and equivalent UCAS tariff points can be achieved. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Particular courses students progress on to include: Computing (Software Development) Foundation Degree FdSc or Computing (Networking & Forensics) Foundation Degree FdSc. Following your foundation degree you are able to progress on to a Top Up Year which means you can a BSc (Hons) qualification, validated by Lancaster University, in three years in total. Computing students move into exciting and varied careers. You may find yourself working as an App Developer, webiste developer or protecting and maintaining an organisations IT systems. You may also be interested in progressing on to which will enable you to futher explore the design elements of creative technologies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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