Course Code: IH1HE34 UCAS Code: I110 Computer Science and Digital Technologies - Certificate of Higher Education Duration1 Year Day/s of weekThursday and Friday Time09:00 - 16:30 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 11 Sep 2023 University Centre 1 Year / £9,000 Apply now 09 Sep 2024 University Centre 1 Year / £9,000 Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course SummaryThe Certificate of Higher Education in Computer Science & Digital Technologies offers a flexible way to enter degree level education. The programme runs for a single year and allows for you to develop the core skills required by the evolving digital industry, needed to match the ever-increasing demand for skilled computer scientists. These skills may also be utilised to progress further within Higher Education and onto a Foundation degree should it suit you. Students who are not yet ready to commit to the demands of a two-year or three-year programme, this programme is the ideal step which allows for upskilling before pledging to further years of study. The course covers a range of topics crucial to the computing industry from developing desktop applications in modern languages, designing and creating websites alongside learning the basics of networking and cyber security. As this course takes place alongside the traditional foundation degree students you will also take a module which introduces you to academic study at degree level; this module will give you the tools necessary to perform to the highest academic standards and make the most of this exciting opportunity. This certificate which is awarded by Blackpool & the Fylde College is certain to give you a head start when you begin to apply for roles in the industry or gain the confidence and skillset to progress into Higher Education. Tomorrow's talent. Trained today. Entry RequirementsFor applicants who have recently been in education, the entry profile will typically include one of the following: A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline (the equivalent of 160 UCAS point on tariffs prior to 2017 entry). PASS at T-Level in an appropriate discipline. MMM from Level 3 Extended Diploma or Merit from Level 3 Diploma in an appropriate discipline English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent e.g., Functional Skills at Level 2) Applicants who can demonstrate a significant amount of work experience in the sector and hold a level 2 vocational qualification in Computing/Computer Science will be considered on an individual basis Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. For non-traditional applicants, the following will also be considered on a case-by-case basis: Related work experience An international equivalent of the above qualifications Applications may also be considered from individuals who can demonstrate a strong interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the goals of lifelong learning and personal development. Qualification ObtainedComputer Science and Digital Technologies - Certificate of Higher Education Industry Placement and Field TripsThere are no scheduled field trips, or work placements on this one-year programme. What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Network Principles IH4MD051 20 No Introduction to System Security IH4MD052 20 No Introduction to Programming IH4MD053 20 No Markup Languages and Styling IH4MD054 20 No Database Concepts and Communication IH4MD055 20 No Introduction to Academic Study IH4MD068 20 No Assessment MethodsCoursework Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently. Practical Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 89% 0% 0% Exam 0% 0% 0% Practical 11% 0% 0% Other Costs and Equipment NeededYou will not be required to purchase any additional equipment to undertake this programme as the college has resources available to students. However, there may be some opportunities that will not be a requirement of the programme but will be available to students at an additional cost. Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 288 0 0 Independent 912 0 0 Placement 0 0 0 Total 1200 0 0 Career Options and ProgressionSuccessful students at this level will usually progress onto the second year of the Foundation Degree in Computer Science & Digital Technologies. Following from this should the student be successful on their foundation degree at B&FC, there is also an opportunity to complete the BSc. (Hons) Top-Up in Computer Science & Digital Technologies. Alternatively, should successful students want to utilise their Certificate of HE to enter or return to industry they may look for jobs titles such as helpdesk engineer, junior online editor, software testing and other graduate opportunities.