The emphasis is on implementing computing solutions for the modern computing environment, studying a course rooted in the real world that aims to develop work ready graduates. Through developing core competencies and capabilities that are important across the sector and developing relevant expertise and technical skills to be able to perform a job successfully. This course has been designed to meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers have identified through occupational standards to be the most important to work at a higher technical level. This course will prepare students for employment at a technical level or progress on to further studies at level 6, and top-up to honours degree level.
Level 4 units Programming Introducing students to the core concepts of programming along with an introduction to algorithms and the characteristics of programming paradigms. Among the topics included in this unit are: introduction to algorithms, procedural, object orientated and event-driven programming, security considerations, the integrated development environment and the debugging process. Design and implement algorithms in a chosen language in a suitable Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This IDE will be used to develop and help track any issues with the code. Networking This units aims to provide a wider background knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies. By exploring a range of hardware, with related software, and configuring and installing these to gain knowledge of networking systems. A range of networking technologies will be explored to deliver a fundamental knowledge of Local Area Networking (LAN), Wide Area Networking (WAN) and their evolution to form large-scale networks. The protocol methodologies related to IP data networks will be explored. Students’ knowledge and skills that needed to successfully install, operate and troubleshoot a small network; and the operation of IP data networks, router, switching technologies, IP routing technologies, IP services and basic troubleshooting will be developed. Professional Practice In the workplace, it is essential to be effective as a communicator, critical thinker, analyser, team worker and team leader. These skills are needed on a daily basis in order to carry out designated tasks as part of a job role. The development of academic competence and the continuation of lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD) are required to ensure that individuals have a valued set of interpersonal skills that can be applied to any situation o
You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:
• Two A Levels
• A BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma
• A BTEC National Certificate
• A Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
• A recognised (Kitemarked) Access course In addition, you will need GCSE English and maths at Grade 4-9 or Level 2 equivalent. Alternatively, if you have significant relevant work experience or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible for the course. Contact the College who will be able to advise and discuss your suitability for the course. To find out more about UCAS points, please visit Click here
You could top-up your HND to a BSc (Hons) in Computing, awarded by De Montfort University, here at the College. Alternatively your natural progression might be to enrol onto a university degree programme in a range of computing related subjects, such as:
• Computer science
• Computing and applied computing
• Computing and security
• Information systems and management
• Information technology and business
• Software engineering and development
• Software engineering and networking To progress onto the final year of a university degree programme in order to obtain a full honours degree, you must achieve the grades required by the particular institution.