Vocational Course

IT Practitioners (Software/Game Development) BTEC Level 3

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About this course

This course will take you on a technological journey.

In our fast-moving world, people everywhere are gaining access to exciting new technologies.

You will be provided with a host of tools as you complete this specialist work-related qualification for the IT sector.

What will I learn?

  • Design software and computer games to meet client requirements
  • Follow design processes to create digital graphics, animations and websites
  • Install and configure computer systems for different users
  • Create business databases and analyse how businesses use IT systems

Year 1

  • Communication and Employability Skills
  • Developing Teams in a Business
  • Digital Graphics (Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator)
  • Computer Systems
  • IT Technical Support
  • IT Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Procedural Programming (Java/Netbeans)
  • Computer Game Designs
  • Creating Computer Games (GameMaker)

Year 2

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Event Driven Programming (Java/Netbeans)
  • Project Planning (Microsoft Project)
  • Client Side Customisation of Webpages (CSS/JavaScript)
  • Website Production (Adobe Dreamweaver)
  • Database Design (Microsoft Access)
  • Systems Analysis
  • Computer Animation (Adobe Flash/AutoDesk 3ds Max)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by coursework - assignments, presentations, demonstrations etc.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Computing & Systems Development or Graphics, Web Design & Multi Media HNCs or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualification, including the Advanced/Higher Apprenticeships in IT
  • University - IT related degree courses
  • Careers - IT support/technician, web developer, programmer

Additional Information

You may be able to complete work experience with the Halesowen College IT Technical Support team and have the opportunity for a 4 day visit to Disneyland Paris to discover IT uses in theme parks.