• it 01
  • Computer Science incorporating AI and Robotics Level 1 02
  • it 02
  • it 03
  • Computer Science incorporating AI and Robotics Level 1 01
  • Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Level 2

Overview

This Level 3 computing course is perfect for those that want a career in the technology industry and the ideal route into computer science at university. Computer programming drives the creative spark of the computing sector that has allowed computers to drive and influence every aspect of our lives. Thus, the demand in the sector is continually increasing. Society needs more software developers.

Course description

If you have a logical mind and a drive to make a contribution to the sector, this is the right course for you. Assessment is a combination of coursework and exams making this course a robust academic route into university and the industry.

In the first year, you will study the core subjects of programming, mobile and desktop app development in industry standard languages such as C# and Python. You will also build a website using client side languages such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Other subjects include computer systems, cyber security and social media. The second year will allow you consolidate your knowledge in software engineering by means of software engineering and project development examinations followed by games development and computer networking.

You could have the opportunity to take part in national competitions, go on trips to the Space Centre, Computer Museum and BBC. There are also opportunities to take part in work placements in Ireland and further abroad.

What areas will I study?

  • Principles of computer science (mandatory)
  • Fundamentals of computer systems (mandatory)
  • IT systems security and encryption (mandatory)
  • Business applications of social media (mandatory)
  • Computer games development
  • Website development
  • Mobile apps development
  • Systems analysis and design

Year 2 units include some of the above, as well as:

  • Planning and management of computing projects (mandatory)
  • Software design and development project (mandatory)
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Computer games development
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Digital graphics and animation
  • The impact of computing

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2020/21 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2020/21 £7,000 2 Academic Year(s) You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September | 2020/21 £7,000 2 Academic Year(s) You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
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