This course focuses on the job role of a software practitioner across a range of sectors including cyber security, website creation, mobile applications and games creation. Students will also explore programming languages and the contexts in which these may be used.
Computing and Digital Technology
Essentials of IT
The IT solutions that businesses use in the modern world are made up of many different component parts. These parts can include PCs, PCs that are linked together to form a network, devices and wearable technologies that are attached to the PC or the network via the cloud and the internet.
This is a mandatory externally assessed unit. Students will learn about computer hardware and software.
Essentials of Cyber Security
With so much data and information being stored on computer systems, the need for security is more important than ever.
This unit has been designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of some of the threats and vulnerabilities that can have an impact on individuals and organisations. You will learn about some of the measures that can be used to protect against a cyber-security attack.
This is a mandatory externally assessed unit.
Creating programming solutions for business
This unit will enable students to explore programming languages and the contexts in which these may be used. Students will plan a business solution using a programming language, create the program using an appropriate development environment, test the program and reflect on the program created.
Pitching the product
Once an IT product has been designed, pitching it to the right people in an appropriate format ensures that it gains approval. For a pitch to have a positive and memorable effect on a client, it must be innovative and provide an honest reflection of the product, its features and its capabilities.
This unit will give students the opportunity to learn about pitching a product to a client and the different communication methods used to pitch products to stakeholders.
Using emerging technologies
Students will understand the features and potential uses of emerging technologies, for example, wearables, AI, VR, AR, 3D printing, 5G and robotics. You will be asked to consider how emerging technologies can be used to support businesses and explain the benefits and drawbacks of these technologies. and be able to identify future impacts from the application of these new technologies.
The purpose of this unit is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to create basic websites to meet business needs. It will prepare students in the process and skills required to design, create or modify website components and enable you to update an existing website to meet business needs.
Creating mobile applications for business
Mobile technology is becoming more and more prevalent within society both from a personal point of view as well as within business. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the uses of mobile applications for business. You will plan, create, update and improve mobile applications.
Game design is a popular area within the industry that continues to develop new concepts and technologies, attracting a much wider diverse audience with multiple requirements for multiple platforms. The aim of the unit is to give students the opportunity to use the fundamentals of game design. You will acquire the skills to produce games from game designs and explore how to enhance the games by incorporating additional features.
- Three GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language or First Language Welsh and Maths or Numeracy
- Each application is considered on individual merit
- Entry is subject to an interview
Internal entry requirements
Relevant Level 1 qualification at merit grade or above and successful decision following progression board.
Many of our courses have specific GCSE grade entry requirements. However, if GCSE English Language and/or Maths at grade C is not a requirement of your course or has not been achieved, you will be expected to attend resit/upskilling classes alongside your main programme. We therefore strongly recommend that, if you are currently sitting GCSE’s, you make every effort to achieve a minimum of grade C in your examinations.
- Students are advised to purchase a memory stick to store their work
- Stationery approximately – £30
Wales Essential Skill Toolkit:
All post 16 learners who undertake this course (Welsh Government funded provision over 40 hours) are required to undertake the WEST (Wales Essential Skill Toolkit) Full Diagnostic Initial Assessment for Communication, Application of Number and Digital Literacy within the first four weeks of their course.
- An element of your programme may be delivered via online learning.
- Recommended IT Device Buying Guide: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide – Pembrokeshire College
Progression is possible onto Level 3 courses in a related discipline such as the Level 3 Computing course. This course will enable students to enter employment at trainee level within a wide range of Information and Communication Technology environments.
Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.