IT: Digital Production, Design and Development (Software and App Design)

Programming skills and a problem-solving mind are some of the most sought-after skills in the lucrative digital market. Whether you enjoy cracking codes, see the beauty in numbers, or code for apps and games, this course can open the gate for you into this fantastic rapidly expanding industry ranging from cyber security and augmented reality to artificial intelligence and the internet of things.

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What will I study?

You’ll study in four main areas. The first is common to all our digital T levels and particularly examines new trends in the digital world and its impact on society. You’ll explore elements of all three pathways and focus on themes such as network security and analysis of data.

The second will give you a comprehensive introduction to programming. If you’re already a good programmer this will give you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and discover how far you can push your limits.

The third element will focus on software and design development, testing and implementation. If you enjoy the challenge of problem solving by software, be it enabling secure banking or creating a games app for a mobile device, the process of project planning you’ll learn will put you right at the cutting edge of current thinking.

The fourth element is a great opportunity to experience real world through work placements in a professional setting. You’ll work with employers to help develop your understanding of the sector and the jobs available within it. The substantial placement allows you to immerse yourself in the professional world and see your classroom work in practice, and also gives you the experience to bring back to college to help your deeper understanding. We’ll prepare you for work, but you’ll also reflect on your experience so you really develop.

How will I learn?

A typical week could see you using high spec computers in a testing lab, having a lecture on the application of artificial intelligence in a theatre of war (or in a medical theatre), working in a team to crack a secret code, investigating a case study of software start-up companies, or a group discussion with an employer on cyber security.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Grade 4 in English and Maths.

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