The course has been developed with leading industry employers and experts to create content designed to give you quality preparation so you can succeed in the digital skills sector. It will provide you with the skills, knowledge and training to progress to an apprenticeship, university or into skilled employment. The course is academic and practical with 80% spent in college on academic and technical study and 20% practical experience gained with an employer on industry placement. It is equivalent to three A Levels and you will be allocated UCAS tariff points.
The course is split into 2 sections: The Core and the Occupational Specialism. The core is studied in the first year and covers the knowledge, concepts and skills needed in the digital industry. You will be assessed by two externally set core examinations and an employer set project which prepares you for the type of assignments and tasks undertaken in the workplace. In the second year, you will focus on the occupational specialism which will develop the specific skills: analysing problems, designing software, maintaining software, creating software solutions and evaluating its success within a business and legal context.
• 16–19 years old
• 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above preferably including maths and English
• A clear idea as to the industry sector you wish to pursue as a career.
• A passion for software development.
• There will be a college interview and initial assessment.
• You will need to commit to a 315 hour / 45 day industry placement over the 2 year course.
This Technical Qualification aligns to the Software Development Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship (offered here at South & City College) and therefore supports progression to entry-level job opportunities in software design and development.
Job roles could include:
• Software development technician
• Junior developer
• Junior web developer
• Junior application developer
• Junior mobile app developer
• Junior games developer
• Junior software developer
• Junior application support analyst
• Junior programmer
• Assistant programmer
• Automated test developer. Alternatively, you may wish to study a relevant Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes or digital degree programmes such as Computer Games Programming BCs, Software Engineering BSc, Virtual Reality Design BA, Computing BSc, Digital Media Design and Development BSc or Computer Science BSc.