Computing

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Achieve more with our fantastic results in Computing & Media

We all use technology every day whether at school, work or at home. You can put that knowledge to good use by turning it into a future career. If you are interested in how computers work, want to learn how to write code or build a computer network that is secure from hackers, we have the course for you.

What will you do?

Offering hands-on practical experience you’ll learn a range of skills including; how computer systems work, how to protect computers and data, how to programme, including games programming, how to design and create your own website, how to design and build a computer network. Using industry-standard hardware and software, you’ll work on projects and assignments, often based on realistic workplace demands.

Is it right for you?

If you would like to turn your interest for computers and technology into a future career, then yes.

Vocational

Computing is an integral part of our everyday lives. Millions of us are required to use I.T. at work and yet we will still choose to spend time at home on social networks, shopping online and emailing friends.

Being qualified in Computing opens up many exciting job opportunities from working for global companies to being a self employed sector professional.

So if computers are your passion, look no further than a course at Stockton Riverside College. Here you will be equipped with the latest facilities and tools and be taught by top quality teachers. Courses are available for both people interested in becoming an I.T. practitioner or an I.T. user.

A fascinating and skilful profession rooted in the future, the possibilities for working within Computing and I.T. are endless. And the more you learn, the more possibilities open up to you.

Certificate in Information Technology Level 1 

Everyone needs I.T. skills whether you are at work, home or even on the move. This course is for those who have a grasp of the basics but want to build on that knowledge. You will learn how to design and build digital products, enabling you to use digital tools as a means to inform, persuade and entertain. It will develop your creativity and independent learning skills.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Offering hands-on practical experience you will learn a range of skills including; how computer systems work, how to protect computers and data, how to program a computer, how to design and create your own spread sheet and how to manage an IT project.


How will I learn?

You will learn through tutor-led practical and work-related activities, including workshops, demonstrations and theory to develop knowledge, skills and understanding.


How am I assessed?

All subjects will be assessed through a summative project brief, consisting of practical activities, resulting in a portfolio of evidence.


What’s next?

Move on to a relevant Level 2 course such as the Level 2 Technical Diploma in IT.


You need:

An Entry Level 3 IT qualification, two GCSEs grade 2/E or an IT assessment.


Why English and Maths matter…

Working in computing requires following detailed instructions, you may also be required to document web and program designs, write user guides and resize images.


What else do I need to know?

You will also do GCSE/Functional Skills in Maths/English, if required.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

USB memory stick


3 reasons to join us:

  • Excellent success and progression rates
  • Guest speakers, work-related projects, live briefs and competitions, e.g. WorldSkills
  • Commercial skills developed

 

Diploma in Information Technology Level 2

If you have a keen interest in information technology and would like to turn it into a future career, then this could be the course for you. Providing you with a high quality, nationally-recognised qualification, it will develop your knowledge of what is a rapidly evolving industry. This vocational programme will open up a whole host of future career opportunities.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Offering hands-on practical experience you will learn a range of skills including: how computer systems work, how to protect computers and data, how to program, including games programming, how to design and create your own website, how to design and build a computer network. Using industry-standard hardware and software you will work on projects and assignments, often based on realistic workplace demands.


How will I learn?

You will learn through tutor-led practical and work-related activities.


How am I assessed?

Coursework generated through tutor-led workshops, demonstrations, practical activities and portfolio building.


You need:

A relevant Level 1 qualification plus two GCSEs grade 3/D or above including Maths and English, or a minimum of four GCSEs grade 3/D or above with Maths and English


Why English and Maths matter…

Working in computing requires following detailed instructions, you may also be required to document web and program designs, write user guides and resize images.


What’s next?

Progress to a relevant Level 3 course such as the Level 3 Technical Diploma in IT.


What else do I need to know?

You will also do GCSE/Functional Skills in Maths/English if required.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

USB memory stick


3 reasons join to us:

  • Excellent success and progression rates
  • Guest speakers, work-related projects, live briefs and competitions, e.g. Durham Tees Flight Training
  • Develop commercial skills

 

Diploma in Information Technology Level 3

If you would like to turn your interest for information technologies into a future career then this could be the course for you. You will develop new skills and build a broader knowledge and understanding of new and emerging computer technologies, developing skills in area such as web design, computer games development, programming, network management and learn more about this rapidly evolving industry.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Offering hands-on practical experience you will learn a range of skills including: how computer systems work, how to protect computers and data, how to program, including games programming, how to design and create your own website and how to design and build a computer network. Using industry-standard hardware and software you’ll work on projects and assignments, often based on realistic workplace demands.


How will I learn?

You will be taught by a range of staff from a variety of industrial and/or technical backgrounds and specialisms and will experience use of cutting edge technology and facilities.


How am I assessed?

The course is a combination of theory and practical to ensure a sound core understanding of each unit with the development of vocational skills and abilities. The course is assessed throughout the course with portfolio building.


You need:

Four GCSEs grade 4/C or above including Maths and/or English, or a merit in a relevant Level 2 course.


Why English and Maths matter…

Working in computing requires following detailed instructions, you may also be required to document web and program designs, write user guides and resize images.


What’s next?

You could continue your studies at the college on the Higher National Certificate in Computing or a relevant university course or find work/an apprenticeship in the industry.


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

USB memory stick


What financial and additional support can I get?

Financial support for transport costs (bus pass) and Additional Learner Support for those with learning difficulties. * subject to eligibility.


3 Reasons to join us:

  • Excellent success and progression rates
  • Guest speakers, work-related projects, live briefs and competitions, e.g. Durham Tees Flight Training
  • Strong links with Teesside University

Part time

ITQ Certificate for IT Users Level 1

Factfile:

Attendance: Part-time

Duration: 36 weeks

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale

How much does the course cost?

£725

When does the course run?

Fridays 9am – 12pm

ITQ Diploma for IT Users Level 2

Factfile:

Attendance: Part-time

Duration: 36 weeks

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale

How much does the course cost?

£2225

When does the course run?

Fridays 9am – 12pm

Interconnecting CISCO Networking Devices (ICND 1) Level 3

Cisco Certifications and specialist qualifications are an IT industry standard used to validate knowledge of Cisco products and technologies. Cisco offers many levels and paths to help you succeed in your current and future career goals. Getting certified today brings measurable rewards and opens up further professional opportunities.

Attendance: Part-time
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Teesdale Campus
Start date: 19th February 2019

What will you do?

  • Fundamental components and concepts of modern computer networks and Securing Cisco routers and switches
  • Protocol reference models : OSI, TCP/IP
  • Basic Cisco Catalyst switch configuration & setting up a Cisco router (Labs)
  • LAN, VLANs, Port security, IPv4 and IPv6 configuration (Labs)
  • Subnetting for IP version 4 (IPv4) networks (Class A,B and C subnetting)
  • IP version 6 (IPv6) address calculation (EUI-64) and types of IPv6 addresses
  • DNS, TFTP & DHCP configuration (Labs)
  • Routing protocols (RIPv1 & 2 and RIPng for IPv6) and Network Time Protocol (Labs)
  • Access Control Lists (ACL) & Network Address Translation (NAT) configuration (Labs)

How will I learn?
Practical: Cisco labs: mainly focus on hands on lab and Packet Tracer simulator activities.

Theory: Tutor presentation, CCENT books, Theory test

How am I assessed?
Cisco CCENT exam (Student must book the exam)

What do you need to know?
Basic knowledge of computer networking

How do I apply/enrol?
www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

How much does the course cost?

£900

When does the course run?

19th Feb 19            Tues             5pm – 9pm

3 reasons to join us:

  • Student progress monitoring
  • Cisco Networking Academy resources

Cyber Security Level 3

Attendance: Part time

Start date: September 2019

Duration: 34 weeks

Location: Teesdale

How much does the course cost?

£750

When does the course run?

Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm

ITQ Award for IT Users Level 1 

Attendance: Part time

Duration: 17 weeks

Start date: 14th September 2018
1st February 2019

Location: Teesdale

How much does the course cost?

£475

When does the course run?

14th Sept 18         Fri         9am – 12pm
1st Feb 19            Fri         9am – 12pm

ITQ Certificate for IT Users Level 3

Attendance: Part time

Duration: 36 weeks

Start date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale

When does the course run?

Fridays 9am – 12noon

How much does the course cost?

£3345

ITQ Certificate for IT Users Level 2

Attendance: Part time

Duration: 36 weeks

Start date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale

When does the course run?

Fridays  9am – 12pm

How much does the course cost?

£1360

ITQ for IT Users Level 1 – Ragworth Community Centre 

Everyone needs I.T. skills whether you are at work, home or even on the move. This course is for those who have a grasp of the basics but want to build on that knowledge. You will learn how to use a range of Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher. You will learn how to maximise the usage of these applications.

Attendance: Part-time (evening and daytime)

Duration: 10 weeks

Starting date: 19th February 2018 (Mon 9am – 12pm)

Location: Ragworth Community Centre

What will you do?

You will study a range of subjects such as:

  • T. User Fundamentals
  • Improving Productivity
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Word Processing Software
  • Database Software

How will I learn?

Learning through tutor-led practical and work-related activities, including workshops, demonstrations and theory to develop knowledge, skills and understanding

Distance learning option is also available.

How am I assessed?

All subjects will be assessed through a summative assessment, consisting of practical activities, resulting in a portfolio of evidence.

What’s next?

Move on to an appropriate Level 2 course.

Costs:

Level 1 Award – £450

Level 1 Certificate – £724

What else do I need to know?

Please contact any of the following to arrange a meeting with the Course Leader/Tutor:

Course Information Department on (01642) 865566/631301 or Simon Patterson (IT Lecturer) on (01642) 865400 or via simon.patterson2@stockton.ac.uk

How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

What kit/uniform do I need?

USB memory stick

3 reasons to join us:

  • Excellent success and progression rates
  • Enhance your employability
  • Commercial skills developed

A Level and equivalent

Computing really is integral to modern, cutting edge technology. Nobody can deny the effect that computers have had on our life and society; from the internet to mobile phones, space travel to medical diagnostics, computers touch every aspect of our lives and have driven world change. You will learn how these amazing systems work, and develop the skills needed to write the software. Our students become equipped with practical, real-world programming and analytical skills that can be taken into industry or higher education.

BTEC IT

This course is designed for learners who are interested in a basic introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information. Alongside other fields of study, learners will develop their IT skills with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

FACTFILE:

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

You will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information, including through Social Media.


How will I learn?

BTEC Nationals have always required applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace.


How am I assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It is made up of a series of mandatory and optional units. There are two types of mandatory unit: externally assessed, and internally assessed.

Externally assessed are tasks set and marked by the examination board. Internally assessed are assignments marked by the centre.


You need:

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least five GCSE programmes. This must include either GCSE English or GCSE Maths, and a grade C/4 in GCSE Information Technology, OR, a Merit grade in BTEC L2 in Information Technology.


What else do I need to know?

In the first year you will study the BTEC National Certificate in IT, the equivalent to half an A level. In the second year you will top up to the BTEC Extended Certificate, the equivalent to one A level.


Reasons to join us:

  • Achieve the same UCAS points as traditional A level subjects.
  • Gain a broad understanding of many diverse aspects of the IT sector.
  • This course supports progression into a range of related careers or higher education.

Computing

Nobody can deny the effect that computers have had on our life and society. From the internet to mobile phones, space travel to medical diagnostics, computers touch every aspect of our lives and have driven world change. Yet few of us really know how they function or have the skills to make them work for us. This course is aimed at students who want to learn practical, hands-on skills with a view to progressing onto university or a computing-related apprenticeship.

FACTFILE:

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

You’ll learn how computer systems work and develop the skills needed to write the software that makes them run. Developing practical, analytical and programming techniques you’ll develop real skills that can be taken into industry or higher education.


How will I learn?

We deliver the course, fun, fast and humorous. We focus on practical, hands-on programming, teaching you how to design and develop software for the 21st century.


How am I assessed?

Assessment will consist of two external exams in the first year. In the second year students complete a practical coursework project and two external exams.


What’s next?

Expand your knowledge with further study at HND/C level or progress to a relevant degree programme. Future careers could include consultancy, networking, computer programming, game or web design.

We are developing strong ties with Teesside University and there are clear progression paths on to their higher education programmes.


You need:

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and a grade B/6 in GCSE Maths.

You should have some previous experience of programming and a genuine drive to learn. This course is aimed at students who want to learn practical, hands-on skills with a view to progressing onto university of a computing-related apprenticeship.


What else do I need to know?

We look at approaches to problem solving and how to break down complex notions into smaller, easier problems that can be quickly solved. Programming skills and understanding are essential to the course and whilst we teach you the basics, a genuine interest is essential.


Reasons to join us:

  • The computing industry is growing five times faster than any other industry.
  • The UK is struggling to recruit good computing graduates, meaning lots of job opportunities.

What our students say:

“Computing is a challenging but interesting course that I am being pushed to do my best in”

“Computing is a very good course and I feel that I have made a lot of progress in it”

“Very approachable teacher”


Possible combination subjects:

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with Maths and Physics.

HE

In partnership with Teesside University, we deliver a range of full and part-time Higher Education (HE) programmes awarded by the University. We also offer a variety of programmes awarded by professional bodies. All of these HE programmes are led by our professionals who are experts in their field.

Our team of I.T. experts will support you throughout your time at Stockton Riverside College giving you a great quality experience and the skills needed to get ahead in an ever-growing industry.

FdSc Computing 

Did you know that 78% of our students graduated with a distinction this year?

Computing specialists are vital to the provision, operation, development and management of computer systems. During this course you will gain the skills to take an innovative approach to computing in the digital age. Computing skills are central to all businesses who use networks, web sites, programming languages and use database systems for integrated business systems. You will focus on a range of leading edge computing subjects that will give you a competitive edge in your computing career.


Factfile:

Attendance: Part-time/Full-time

Start date: September 2019

Duration: 2 years

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Stage 1 modules – Level 4:

  • Introduction to Procedural Programming
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Web and Mobile Development
  • Networking Concepts and Cybersecurity
  • Work Based Project 1 and 2

Stage 2 modules – Level 5:

  • Relational and NoSQL Databases
  • Information Technology Project
  • Object Oriented Programming with Java
  • Networks and Systems Administration
  • Networking Architecture

*Modules offered may vary.


How will I learn?

The course is delivered using tutor-led classes, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials. You will also undertake work-based learning which involves you carrying out activities at an employer’s premises for the equivalent of one day a week.


How am I assessed?

There are three types of assessments:

  • Assignment
  • Portfolios of Evidence
  • Practical Activities

Entry requirements:

Relevant level 3 qualification or work experience.


Progression:

BSc (Hons) Computing or typical roles include IT specialist, network management, web developers, programmers, database developers, user support and technical support.


How do I apply/enrol?

Apply at www.tees.ac.uk

Course Information Department on (01642) 865566/631301 or Sharon Stothard (Programme Leader) on (01642) 865400 or via sharon.stothard@stockton.ac.uk


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Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get into the world of work and earn real money whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

If you are a school leaver, currently unemployed or looking to start a new career, Stockton Riverside College can help you to find the right Apprenticeship and employer for you.

IT Application Specialist

An IT Application Specialist apprenticeship will give you the skills needed to work with different packages with an IT-based role.

Main Duties:

As a level 2 apprentice, duties may include:
• Providing support and assistance to colleagues in the use of ICT
• Applying a range of IT systems and software
• Developing, testing and implementing IT solutions
• Maintaining and updating websites
• Using the internet to find and exchange information
• Using social media
• Creating media content
• Entering and editing data
• Producing routine reports

As a level 3 apprentice, duties may include:
• Responding to problems with hardware & software
• Setting up user hardware, software and security
• Designing ICT solutions
• Setting up and using advanced applications
• Planning and contributing to website design
• Creating multi-media content
• Preparing presentations
• Setting up and using mobile devices
• Working with specialist software to manage data
• Managing enquiries, quotations and orders
• Creating and reporting management information

Assessment:

You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

You need:

Apprenticeships require a good level of English, maths and/or ICT. Our initial assessment and your GCSE results will help inform us of your ability and what support we can offer to get you to the level required.

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.

You must be:

  • at least 16
  • a UK resident
  • in employment. We can help with this

To undertake a level 3 apprenticeship, you need a level 2 qualification or to have experience in a relevant field.

Duration:

Level 2: 12 months
Level 3: 12 months

IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Apprenticeship

IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Apprenticeships or Advanced Apprenticeships give the technical, business and interpersonal skills needed for a career as an IT, software, web or telecoms professional in a wide range of job roles.

Main Duties:

As a level 2 apprentice, duties may include:
• Setting up new equipment or upgrading systems
• Editing and uploading material to websites.
• Monitoring content
• Working with customers to identify, troubleshoot and escalate IT faults
• Travelling to customer sites to install, connect, maintain, test and repair equipment and services
• Designing and planning installation of IT and Telecoms networks.

As a level 3 apprentice, duties may include:
• Installing and troubleshooting desktop PCs
• Maintaining and securing an organisation’s databases
• Maintaining company networks, including servers, software and security
• Creating software applications and websites
• Customer Care in ICT

Assessment:

Level 2:

The way that apprenticeships are delivered is changing. Some apprenticeships now include an end-point assessment which includes:
• A multiple choice short answer test
• An observation of practice which is undertaken in the workplace
• A learning journal to reflect on the last 3 months of your apprenticeship
• A presentation

You will be supported throughout the process by your assessor.

Level 3:

You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

You need:

Apprenticeships require a good level of English, maths and/or ICT. Our initial assessment and your GCSE results will help inform us of your ability and what support we can offer to get you to the level required.

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.

You must be:

  • at least 16
  • a UK resident
  • in employment. We can help with this

To undertake a level 3 apprenticeship, you need a level 2 qualification or to have experience in a relevant field.

Duration:

Level 2: 12 months
Level 3: 18 months

Career Pathways

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English & Maths

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and Maths. These are essential skills that all employers value. Your tutor can answer any questions you have regarding this.

Work experience/employability

We want to help you develop real skills for real jobs. That’s why we work closely with a wide range of employers to ensure all of our courses give you the skills that they are looking for in their future employees. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities to gain work experience such as working with a local radio station and much more. Our dedicated online program ‘My Work Search’ will help prepare you for future job opportunities.

Social and personal development

You’ll get the opportunity to develop a range of additional skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, putting together and delivering presentations, organisation, research skills and the use of ICT and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.