The course provides a mixture of technical knowledge and skills specific to the computing industry and a work placement of at least 45 days in your chosen occupation. On completion of the course you will be able to choose between moving into a skilled occupation or further study in computing, for example, a higher or degree level apprenticeship, or higher level technical study, including higher education.
What will I do on this course?
The course covers a wide range of topics including problem solving, programming using languages such as python, security and encryption and networking.
You will develop a general understanding of digital:
how digital technologies impact business and market environment
the ethical and moral implications of digital technology
using data in software design
using digital technologies to analyse and solve problems
digital environments, including physical, virtual and cloud environments
legal and regulatory obligations relating to digital technologies
the privacy and confidentiality of personal data
the technical, physical and human aspects of internet security
planning digital projects
testing software, hardware and data
digital tools for project management and collaboration
You will also learn about topics specific to digital support services, including:
roles within the digital support services sector
communication in digital support services
fault analysis and problem resolution
A big part of your study will be to complete relevant industry-based work placement. Throughout the course, you'll be required to complete a minimum of 45 days (315 hours) work placement. You'll also get the opportunity to show us what you've learned and demonstrate your abilities during numerous observations through the course. Work placement is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in your chosen specialism and help confirm that this is the career you want to do!
Full-time courses at CWA are generally 3 â€“ 4 days per week (though you may be in for an extra day if you are resitting English and / or Maths). The college day is typically longer than a day at school and students will need to plan their individual study in their free time (including individual study hours which are recorded at college in the Learning Resource Centre or other study areas). Work experience will be a key component of your course and most students will complete a minimum of 60 hours per academic year (on top of their college hours), depending on the course they are studying. CWA has a dedicated team of work placement co-ordinators to support you with this.
* Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.
Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional costs related to the programme, such as additional equipment and uniform, educational trips and work placement costs. Full details will be sent to applicants before enrolment.
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