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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Computing Level 3

This course will help you access a degree in any subject related to computing.

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Key information

Course code: B0093A Course type: Access to Higher Education Duration: 36 weeks Start date: September 2018 Timetable:Two days a week 9.30am-5.30pm Entry requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade 4 or above End qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computing Level 3 Awarding body: Laser UCAS tariff: 45 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £3928 Assessment: Written assignments, portfolio and exams Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Course aims and areas

You will study a variety of units including relational database design, programming, hardware, software, networking and mathematics for computing.

The course enables you to develop valuable technical and professional skills to help you become a well-rounded individual ready for the challenges of a computing discipline at your chosen university.

If your aim is to progress onto university to study a degree in any computing subject then this is an ideal opportunity to acquire knowledge in specialist subjects and develop a range of academic skills to allow you to be a successful independent student.

Course Units

  • Introduction to programming
  • Programming – data structure and file handling
  • Programming – selection and repetition
  • Setting up and populating a set of tables in a database application
  • Querying and manipulating tables in a database application
  • Bytes to buses
  • Trigonometry
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Networks
  • Hardware and software
  • Extended independent academic study (computing)
  • Reviewing and planning for the future
  • Academic study skills
  • Algebra and graphs
  • Essay skills


Why the MET?

We have the most up-to-date computing facilities including;

  • Latest generation 6 Intel i7 CPU with 16 GB RAM and 2TB hard disk
  • 22" widescreen monitors
  • Log in with full administrative rights
  • Our private development network isolated from the rest of the college
  • An array of latest generation virtualisation servers
  • 12TB of development storage
  • Fast internet connection (over 75 Mbps up and down)
  • Unlimited Google Drive storage

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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Work experience

There is no formal work experience but there will be outside speakers and visits relevant to the course.

What's next?

On successful completion of this Level 3 course you may wish to continue your studies on the HND Computing course at Brighton MET or any university in the UK.

Although this is a feeder course into university, we have had several students who decided not to attend university and sought employment directly after completing the course.

You will obtain good knowledge and technical skills to help you gain employment in the computing industry at a junior level.

Facilities

  • Access to two isolated laboratories where you will learn to create software programs, network computers, build PCs, diagnose hardware and software faults
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

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Careers

Potential Careers

IT specialist manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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Salaries

ENTRY £29,133

AVERAGE £49,842

POTENTIAL £77,688

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Science

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IT project or programme manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

162 Available opportunities 2.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £26,930

AVERAGE £43,836

POTENTIAL £66,203

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Science

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IT business analyst, architect or systems designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Orks closely with clients to implement new systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

625 Available opportunities 2.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £28,431

AVERAGE £48,185

POTENTIAL £77,435

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Science

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Programmer or software development professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

3066 Available opportunities 3.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,097

AVERAGE £42,842

POTENTIAL £66,222

Desired Skills:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Science

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