Myth-busting - digital skills courses


College News and Communications
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:46

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The first ever emerging digital technology courses in the West Midlands have launched at South and City College Birmingham, preparing students for 2050 and beyond.

Some parents fear the courses may leave their children lacking basic skills - here are some of the most common myths - busted.

*Courses don't teach students basic skills

Basic skills feature hugely within emerging digital technologies courses at South and City College Birmingham.

These courses - including drone technology, e-fashion and artificial intelligence have refreshed the foundations of learning for the digital age.

Many require maths, science and English, though students learn to apply these to a fast-changing digital world.

Kaussar Bashir, Deputy Head of Faculty of South and City College Birmingham, said: "All the courses include English and maths.

"But we don't say you need English and maths as a requirement, anyone who comes to us to progress themselves, through any route, be it a vocational course or an apprenticeship, will be supported.

"English and maths are absolutely key to everything we do."

*eSports will mean students wasting time playing games

At the Business School students will be able to study eSports for the first time - but that doesn't mean they will spend hours on Call of Duty.

School head Vernon Moustache said: "eSports has business elements in it, such as event management and organising a gaming event.

"It is one example of how business has changed over time and we are showing learners how technology can really enhance business.

"The courses that we are offering are really livening up the curriculum and fitting in with a world where most students come to college with laptops, iPads and phones."

*Courses focused on multi-media are irrelevant to the real world

The world is already changing - and the new curriculum reflects a hugely timely catch-up.

Business lecturer Satty Lotay, who demonstrated multi-media retail technology at Future Fest, said: "Retail is increasingly interactive, when you buy online you can buy an outfit based on your body shape and watch the model walk the catwalk."

*There is no solid career or academic path

All of the courses are aimed at growing industries where there is proven massive demand for skills.

In each of the new courses, there is clear progression between different levels of learning, with the opportunity to gain qualifications including BTECs and diplomas and to go on to specified university degrees.

For example, eSports has clear job aims, such as digital animation, software design and programmer.

At university level, students can take HND computing or games design.

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