Level 3 Cambridge Tech Foundation Diploma in IT - Application Development (Software)

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or higher including maths or English, or a relevant Level 2 IT qualification. It is recommended that learners have, or are working towards, a grade 4/ grade C or above in GCSE maths or English.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

What's Involved

The Application Development stream gives you a chance to develop skills in programming, web development, computer game design, digital graphics and animation. An “all round” perspective is delivered allowing you to focus and harness your own potential to lead onto a higher education programme or the beginning of a successful career.

This Cambridge Technical Foundation and Extended Diploma in IT course gives you the opportunity to learn about programming and creative design. With career opportunities in this market growing massively it’s a great time to get into the sector. Applications and packages studied include Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, VR development software, Dreamweaver, Flash, Visual Studio and use of the Office Suite. The course will include guest speakers, trips, work experience activities as well as the individual projects you will work on to achieve the units. In addition, you will be given projects to complete for real clients, giving you that all-important work experience required by employers in today’s market.

These are the likely modules for this course:

Foundation Diploma Year - Application Developer

> Fundamentals of IT

> Global information

> Application design

> Product development

> Software engineering for business

> Games design and prototyping

> Internet of everything

> Web design and prototyping

Extended Diploma Year - Application Data Technician

> Cyber security

> Data analysis and design

> Business computing

> Systems analysis and design

> Social media and digital marketing

> Cognitive computing

> Enterprise computing

> Cloud technology

> Big data analytics

Please note that these units can be subject to change.

Course Assessment Method

Initially there will be a portfolio of assignments which will be developed over the course of the year. There are a number of mandatory units which include externally set and marked assignments. These are a mixture of exams and written assignments.

What's Next

Career opportunities exist to enter the industry at junior level in many job roles, including:

> Website/App Developer

> Graphic Designer

> Computer Games Developer

> Software Designer

> Computer Programmer

We do recommend further study if you are wishing to progress within these roles.

Education progression:

Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in IT
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body: Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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