A Level Professional Honours Programme - Computing Science

22310W1/P | Parson's Walk Centre, Wigan
Start Date | 06/09/2021
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

The Computing Science Professional Honours Programme will prepare you for a career in the dynamic computing science industry.Innovation is at the heart of the programme, so expect to be challenged. You will research, analyse and develop products using live briefs, from retail to financial services.

What will I study?

You will explore the fundamentals of programming as part of the Computing Science A level, which will also cover research data structure and the theory of computation. Alongside the A Level in Computing Science, you will also study Physics, Maths and an additional AS subject in the first year. You will benefit from the Professional Development Day which includes: Extended Project Qualification in year 2, a work placement, professional qualifications, charity work, optional group sessions, including the Debating Society and the iDEA online programme to develop digital skills.

How long is the course?

Full time for two academic years

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake external examinations and produce coursework

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of 8 GCSEs graded 9-5 of which a minimum of 4 GCSEs graded 9-6 (including English, Maths and Science)

What can I progress onto?

We will support you in applying for places at prestigious universities nationwide, or in securing employment in the computer science industry. There are many career prospects available and Games Developers can expect to earn over £50k a year. Other careers include IT Security Engineer, Computing and Systems Manager, Forensic Computer Analyst, Network Engineer, Software Engineer, Ethical Hacker, IT Director and Cloud architect.

Other Information

You will have the opportunity to apply for one of the £2000 scholarships available. We work with leading and local employers to offer you valuable work experience. If you are 16 18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more at w

Course Fees

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IT Specialist Managers

IT specialist managers plan, organise, manage and coordinate the provision of specialist IT services and functions in an organisation.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

6.14%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£28,581
Entry
£60,937
Median
£94,307
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Customer and Personal Service Design English Language Education and Training Telecommunications Mathematics Communications and Media Engineering and Technology

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Speaking
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IT Project and Programme Managers

Jobholders in this unit group manage, coordinate and technically supervise specific IT projects and programmes of a discrete duration and/or budget.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

6.75%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£27,792
Entry
£56,832
Median
£86,895
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Customer and Personal Service Design English Language Mathematics Education and Training Telecommunications

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Mathematics Learning Strategies Writing Speaking
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IT Business Analysts, Architects and Systems Designers

Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

6.97%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£28,450
Entry
£57,503
Median
£89,781
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Works closely with clients to implement new systems.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Computers and Electronics Design Administration and Management English Language Education and Training Telecommunications Mathematics

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Speaking
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Programmers and Software Development Professionals

Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

8.57%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£27,947
Entry
£51,708
Median
£87,604
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Mathematics Engineering and Technology English Language Design Telecommunications Education and Training Customer and Personal Service

Skills

Active Learning Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Mathematics Active Listening Learning Strategies Speaking Writing Monitoring Science
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Web Design and Development Professionals

Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.72%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£15,522
Entry
£36,735
Median
£76,641
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Activates the 'live' website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going 'live'.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics English Language Mathematics Customer and Personal Service Design Communications and Media

Skills

Reading Comprehension Active Learning Active Listening Critical Thinking Writing Monitoring Learning Strategies Speaking
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Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

8.31%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£13,169
Entry
£40,764
Median
£89,781
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Deals with and reports on breaches in security.
  • Examines IT system for potential threats to its security and integrity and draws up plans for disaster recovery if security is compromised.
  • Makes recommendations concerning software/system quality.
  • Develops quality standards and validation techniques.
  • Develops, implements and documents test plans for IT software, systems and computer games.
  • Undertakes the testing of software, systems or computer games for errors, identifies source of problems and proposes solutions.
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