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ICT (Games Development or Web and Multimedia) – BTEC Level 3 Diploma

If you have a strong interest in Information and Communication Technology, this could be the ideal course for you. Students will develop practical and theoretical skills in the following areas:

  • Games Development
  • Web Page Design
  • Use of IT in Business and Commerce.
You may be looking for a career in the software industry or be considering further studies such as a degree or HND in ICT.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C, including Mathematics or English.

Course Content

This is a two-year course consisting of a maximum of twelve assessed units. In the first year you will learn about:

  • Communication and Employability
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Software Design and Development
  • Website Production and Management
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Website Production.

Upon successful completion of the first year you will be able to choose to specialise in either Games Development, Web and Multimedia, or transfer to Hardware and Networking.

In your second year, you will study six units within your specialism. Units could include:

  • Computer Game Platforms and Technologies
  • 3D Modelling
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Databases
  • Games Design
  • Graphics
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive Media Authoring
  • Web Animation
  • Client Side Customisation of Web Pages.

During the course, you will have full use of the facilities available on the South Downs College network. This includes Microsoft Office, Programming Languages, Multimedia Packages and the Internet.

How will I be taught?

Years 1 and 2 will each consist of six units, Functional Skills and a tutorial. All of this will add up to 16 hours a week, to enable students to achieve the full Diploma qualification. Most of the material will involve hands-on use of the computer and practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

This course is graded either Pass, Merit or Distinction. You can also gain your Functional Skills certificates.

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is available to students who successfully complete the six core units in the first year, all of which are assessed by assignments and portfolio work.

A BTEC Level 3 Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma programme and six units specific to their specialist subject, all of which are assessed by assignments and portfolio work.

Will I need any extra equipment?

South Downs College has modern computer facilities for students to use.

What qualifications will I get?

A BTEC Level 3 Diploma for IT Practitioners (Software Development).

This is equivalent to 2 A levels and is suitable for entry to a Higher Education course.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Students may choose to go onto Higher Education, or take up jobs and training schemes with local companies in a Programming or Analysis role.

Course Information

There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

Further Information

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.


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