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    Computer Science (Programming and App Development)

    Computer Science (Programming and App Development) | Level 3 | P12355

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    1 or 2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This is a two year study programme which is equivalent to 3 A Levels, however a one year option is also available which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Both programme years will accrue UCAS points should your chosen progression route be a UK university.

      Studying Programming and App Development will prepare you for a career in the IT industry as you will develop practical skills and knowledge of programming, software engineering and app development, whilst combining essential project management skills. This includes programming concepts, game programming, cyber security, data analysis, and creating websites and mobile and desktop apps. You may also have the opportunity to work on these projects for external clients, gaining valuable real-world experience.

      Once you have completed the initial introductory units which are assessed by exams, you will then have the opportunity to take part in practical coding projects. Where possible, these will have some involvement with clients external to the college. For instance, we have been involved in creating mobile apps and web pages for local businesses and voluntary groups. This will not only give you coding sills, but teach you how to manage projects successfully. Feedback from Universities and employers is that those who have completed this course are highly proficient in these skills. As part of your course, you will take part in a week’s work experience. This will give you the opportunity to extend further the skills you have learned at college and on live briefs with employers.

      Software development is a lucrative, creatively fulfilling and in demand career path, in which you will help shape the future across all areas of industry and commerce, as well as leisure and entertainment.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info FREE Course fee IncludedExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info FREECourse fee IncludedExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £8583.00 Course fee £305.50Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info FREECourse fee Included Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info FREECourse fee Included Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £8583.00Course fee £305.50Exam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE maths
      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in maths
      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including a level 2 or equivalent in maths

    • What modules will I study?

      Year 1

      • Fundamentals of IT (Exam)
      • Global Information (Exam)
      • Application Design
      • Project Management
      • Product Development
      • Mobile Technology
      • Software Engineering for Business
      • Web Design and Prototyping

      Year 2 

      • Cyber Security (Exam)
      • CC+ Cloud Technology (Exam)
      • Data Analysis and Design
      • Business Computing
      • Social Media and Digital Marketing Unit 15 Games Design and Prototyping
      • Big Data Analytics
      • Cognitive Computing
      • Enterprise Computing

    • How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including presentations, practical tasks and assignments and external exams.

    • What can I do next?

      This course provides a potential progression route to university, an apprenticeship or employment. 

      University: Most students progress to university after completing this course to continue learning or specialise their skills and start their careers at a higher level. 

      Apprenticeships: If you want to progress after completing your level 3 qualification by continuing to learn, but in the workplace, there are apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships available. With a degree apprenticeship, you can get paid whilst learning in the workplace as well as studying for a degree.

      Employment: Because the skills you learn on this course are practical, and involve real coding projects, you have skills which you can use directly in the job market.

      Top career Opportunities for programmers include:

      • Software Developer/Software engineer
      • Mobile app developer
      • Web Developer
      • Data scientist
      • Game Programmer
      • Project manager

    • Work Experience

      We believe that the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry is to try it out for yourself! That’s why all of our full time study programme courses include relevant industry work experience. It shows future employers you’ve got what it takes and are motivated to succeed. Not only does it look good on your CV, but it’s an opportunity to build up your confidence and industry contacts. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. Work experience is a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your education and the world of work. It can help you to become aware of jobs you have not previously thought of, inform your career choices, develop your skills and help you gain the attitudes and behaviours expected at work. For more information on Work Experience, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494599 or email

    Apply now!

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