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Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths, or completion of a Level 2 course with merit (plus English Language and Maths).

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1 year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Join our Career Academy and enjoy guest speakers from the digital industry, take part in mentoring and internship opportunities
  • Develop games using Unreal Engine – the same software used to develop some of the world’s biggest games like Fortnite
  • Take part in industry work placements
  • Learn in our professional computer suites

The Computing and Information Technology with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security Level 3 Extended Diploma is an intensive 2 year full-time study programme. Designed to offer you support in concentrating your learning within areas of IT, you will be able to specialise in software design, web design and programming. Alongside your academic studies, you will have the opportunity to visit Universities, take part in World Skills competitions and go on trips within the UK and abroad. If you are successful in enrolling to Blackburn College's Career Academy, you will benefit from listening to expert guest speakers from the professional digital world, mentoring schemes, invaluable six week paid internships and various external visits and seminars. There is also an option to visit a European organisation to study their business systems.

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Overview

The Computing and Information Technology with Programming, Games Development & Cyber Security Level 3 Extended Diploma is an intensive 2 year full-time study programme. Designed to offer you support in concentrating your learning within areas of IT, you will be able to specialise in software design, web design and programming. 

Alongside your academic studies, you will have the opportunity to visit Universities, take part in World Skills competitions and go on trips within the UK and abroad. 

If you are successful in enrolling to Blackburn College's Career Academy, you will benefit from listening to expert guest speakers from the professional digital world, mentoring schemes, invaluable six week paid internships and various external visits and seminars. There is also an option to visit a European organisation to study their business systems.

What will I study?

You will study a number of units including:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Data Modelling
  • Website Development
  • Computer Games Development
  • IT Project Management
  • Cyber Security and Incident Management
  • IT Service Delivery
  • Digital 2D and 3D Graphics
  • The Internet of Things
  • Animations

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Maths, or completion of a Level 2 course with merit (plus English Language and Maths).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a coursework portfolio, a 2-hour endpoint exam and 3 units will feature controlled end-of-year assessments.

During the course learners are set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded.

Learners are encouraged to use e-learning to support and extend their learning in their private study time.

What can I do next?

A triple distinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level.

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities and many students progress to the University Centre at Blackburn College, where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Computing students move into exciting and varied careers and you may find yourself working as an App Developer, website developer or protecting and maintaining an organisation's IT systems.

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Career Options

Software Developer

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner?

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  • Lancaster University.
  • University of South Wales.
  • University of Central Lancashire.
  • Advance HE.
  • University of the Arts London.
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