There has never been a better time to start an IT/Computing career with opportunities locally and globally in the fastest growing industry of the 21st century. Many activities are in some way affected or influenced by computers. What we once recognised as a computer may now be found in an everyday item like a mobile telephone, a car or a washing machine.
This course has been designed to help you make those later employment decisions and aid progression to further study by focusing development of your practical skills on what you can do rather than what you know. e.g Solving Technical Problems, Developing Multimedia Products, Developing a Computer Program, Creating a Website. There are 4 Core Units that focus on your transferable skills such as research, planning organising and time management applying these skills to specialist IT units.
There will be a focus on PCs and you will be able to explore a range of common hardware and software components. You will learn about the different parts of a computer system, how they connect together and fix simple problems.
You can develop skills in website design by taking text, images, video and other resources and crafting them into high quality documents for broadcasting throughout the world via the internet. The software design unit is to prepare you for the creative journey of designing and developing software using industry tools, environments and techniques.
Sheffield is home to some of the top computing companies in the world and so as part of your course you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities work placement and employer visits. We also work with local companies on ‘live’ project briefs using real life scenarios you would find in your chosen career.
Being organised and being able to manage your time is essential for success in your education. From creating to-do lists and filing systems to setting up your phone for alerts and alarms, this unit will introduce you to ways that will help you to plan and use your time effectively, as well as organising yourself and your work.
Developing a Personal Progression Plan
This unit will help you find out what opportunities are available to you and how to get to the next stage. You will carry out a self-audit, identifying what your strengths are and what you need to develop to be able to meet your progression goals. You will learn how to set goals and plan ways to achieve them. You will then produce a personal progression plan to help you reach the next step in your life.
Solving Technical IT Problems
You will learn how to identify and fix an IT problem for another person and will develop your communication skills when dealing with the problem.
Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
You will learn to create a spreadsheet to help you carry out mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, averages and totals.
Creating a Website
This unit will help you develop skills in planning and designing a website that will support your progression to a number of different sectors, as well as to other qualifications in computing or website development.
Creating a Computer Program
In this unit you will learn how to write a simple computer program using graphical tools for an intended purpose. For example, to calculate the total in a bill or to create a simple computer game or puzzle.
Developing a Digital Product
In this unit, you will learn how to plan and design a digital media product using visual tools such as storyboards. You will also learn how to record audio and video clips and edit them using audio- and video-editing software. You will then combine these edited clips with ready-made assets (such as digital photos) to create a complete multimedia product.
4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths