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Advanced AQA Tech-level IT: Scripting and App ProgrammingApply Now »

Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This IT technical qualification is aimed at 16 to 18-year-old learners who are seeking to develop skills and access a range of junior scripting and app development job roles in a variety of sector settings.  This qualification can be studied alongside other A-level qualifications at the Joseph Wright Centre.

On this course you will build on a foundation of programming concepts and study object oriented programming (known as OOP) and event driven programming (EDP). Once learned, you will be able to transfer the techniques to different languages. You will also learn about website programming and scripting.

You will be working on industry focused assignments to help you to prepare for work, which will ensure you can talk confidently about your knowledge and skills in an interview situation.

Beginning with the fundamental principles of computing, you will study the different programming constructs, learning about testing, web development, commercial applications, apps and developing solutions for employers or customers.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above, including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass grade or above in your first year.

Course Content

This qualification is made up of four mandatory units.  All units must be successfully completed to achieve the full qualification.

Year 1:

  • Fundamental principles of computing - external examination
  • Computer programming - external examination

Year 2:

  • Website technologies  - internally centre assessed
  • Mobile applications programming - internally centre assessed

How will I be assessed?

In the first year, assessment is 100% via examination in both units. Examinations can be taken both in January and June.

In the second year, the assessment is 100% internally assessed. Learners can resit their first year exams both in January and June.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to higher education or commence employment. Examples of job opportunities within the IT sector include junior programmer, analyst-programmer, games programmer and software engineer.

Companies that might employ someone with this qualification include software houses and those specialising in web, app and games development. Some learners may choose to work for themselves.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre.
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.

www.FirstResponseFinance.co.uk


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.

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