Computing

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.

Level 1 Introductory Certificate in IT

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 2020

Location: Teesdale


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 utilize a varied range of digital communications software
  • How to perform repairs on computer systems
  • How to design and create your spreadsheets to meet user requirements
  • How to organize and manage an IT project

 

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


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?

Progress to a relevant Level 2 course such as the Level 2 Technical Diploma in IT or in Digital Media.


You need:

An Entry Level 3 IT qualification, two GCSEs at grade 2 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 in course competitions
  • Outstanding in-class support

Level 2 Technical Diploma in Information Technology

The Level 2 Technical Diploma in Information Technology (IT) provides a platform for you to develop skills in the selection and use of appropriate IT tools and software applications.  The qualification aims to give you an awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of ICT and its impact on society.  You will gain a high quality, nationally-recognised qualification while developing your knowledge of this rapidly evolving industry.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

You will learn a range of ICT skills that will help develop your overall knowledge and understanding of the ICT world. Skills include:

  • Communications & Working in IT Industry *
  • Computer Systems *
  • Computer game design
  • Software development
  • Installing hardware components
  • Customising software

* These are core units

This course can be worth the equivalent of 3 GCSEs

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


How will I learn?

A full range of teaching and learning methods will be used in lessons to help you achieve. The main emphasis in lessons is on the students participating in fun learning activities which enhance the learning experience for all.

Along with learning valuable skills, you will also understand the requirements to work in the IT industry and discover how communications in ICT have developed

Along with learning valuable skills, you will also understand the requirements to work in the IT industry and discover how communications in ICT have developed over the last few years.


How am I assessed?

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


You need:

A relevant Level 1 qualification or four/five GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

If you don’t already have an English and maths GCSE grade 9-4/A*- C, you will continue to work towards this as part of your main program of study*.

*Unless you are exempt. Please see condition of funding rules.


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 in course competitions
  • Develop real world computing skills using industry standard software and resources

Level 3 Subsidiary / 90 Credit Diploma in Information Technology

A Level 3 BTEC Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification, combining practical and theoretical study. This programme will introduce you to a range of areas needed in a career as an IT professional. You will develop new and existing skills in order to prepare yourself for an exciting career within the IT and computing industries.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: 2 years (first year equivalent to an AS Level and a full 2 years equivalent to an A level.)

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

You will study units equivalent to two or three A Levels. This course will help you develop the skills you need in order to understand the complexity and variety of the IT industry.

You will study either the Extended Certificate or Foundation Diploma in year one and either the Diploma or Extended Diploma in year two.

In addition to your main study programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.


How will I learn?

Students at Stockton Riverside College study in dedicated computing suites with state of the art IT facilities, including Microsoft Office 2016, VMWare Workstation and Microsoft Visual Studio. There is a 1000 Mbps network for superfast video streaming and dual monitors for improved working.


How am I assessed?

Delivery is through practical work, classroom activities and group teaching. Units will be assessed through either coursework or external examinations.


You need:

A merit in a relevant Level 2 qualification or four/five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including Maths and English).

 

If you do not already have an English and maths GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C, you will continue to work towards this as part of your main program of study*.

*Unless you are exempt. See condition of funding rules.


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?

Successful completion of the Diploma/ Extended Diploma may enable entry onto the BSc (Hons) at various HE establishments or continuing studying here at SRC undertaking a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and Systems Development.

Career Opportunities may include:

  • Software Engineering
  • Business systems
  • IT project management
  • System administration
  • Networking
  • Security
  • IT user support
  • Web development

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 in course competitions
  • Develop new employability, business and commercial skills

Part time

ITQ Certificate for IT Users Level 1

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Attendance: Part-time

Duration: 36 weeks

Starting date: September 2020

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 2020

Location: Teesdale

How much does the course cost?

£2225

When does the course run?

Fridays 9am – 12pm

Cyber Security Level 3

Attendance: Part time

Start date: September 2020

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: September 2020

Location: Teesdale

How much does the course cost?

£475

ITQ Certificate for IT Users Level 3

Attendance: Part time

Duration: 36 weeks

Start date: September 2020

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 2020

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: September 2020

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.

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. Join us on this course to learn how they function and how to make them work for us.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

You will 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. Looking at approaches to problem solving, we break down complex notions into smaller, easier problems that can be quickly solved.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by a combination of examination and course work. In Year 1 you will complete two exams, and in Year 2 you will complete a practical coursework project and two exams.


You need:

Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes including GCSE English, and a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.


What’s next?

70% of the 2018 group progressed on to study a Computer Science related qualification at university, including Newcastle, Leeds Becket, Northumbria and Sunderland. Predominate courses were pure Computer Science, Games Design and Digital Forensics.


Reasons to join us:

  • The computing industry is growing five times faster than any other industry. Because of this, the UK is struggling to recruit enough computing graduates, meaning lots of potential job opportunities.
  • Computer Scientists are required in almost every industry and vast opportunities for international travel and relocation.
  • Computer Scientists are in demand and their salaries reflects this. Recent graduates in professional roles earn quite a lot on average (top 15 highest earners).

What 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.”


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

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.

HNC Computing and Systems Development

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: Full-Time or Part-Time

Start date: September 2020

Duration: 1 year (FT) or 2 years (PT)

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Year 1 modules:

  • Unit 1: Programming
  • Unit 2: Networking
  • Unit 3: Professional Practice
  • Unit 4: Database Design & Development

Year 2 modules:

  • Unit 5: Security
  • Unit 6: Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Unit 8: Computer systems Architecture
  • Unit 10: Website Design & Development

*Modules offered may vary.


How will I learn?

The course is delivered using tutor-led classes, workshops, practical sessions, tutorials, and virtual learning environments (VLEs). There will also be guest speakers from the industry, relating to the modules delivered. Where possible, field trips will also be incorporated into the programme.


How am I assessed?

There are three types of assessments:

  • Assignment
  • Portfolios of Evidence
  • Practical Activities

Entry requirements:

You should have achieved a level 3 qualification and have a desire to progress into the Computing Industry. Mature students are welcome to apply and relevant work experience will be taken into account. Maths and English at GCSE 4/C or above, or an equivalent qualification.


Progression:

Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing. Typical roles include Network Engineer; Software Developer; Data Analyst; Forensic Computer Analytics; Systems Analyst; Technical Support.


How do I apply/enrol?

Apply at www.tees.ac.uk

For an informal discussion about this programme, contact the HE Course Leader, Sarah Richardson at sarah.richardson@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.