Course Area Overview

Computing & IT Courses

Computing and IT are a part of our everyday lives from smartphones and tablets to hashtags and likes. It is also one of the fastest growing and in-demand industries in the world and if you want to be part of it, then South West College can help you achieve your goal.

QAN AS Computer Programming (CCEA L3 Software Systems Development)

This course is aimed at developing programming skills and emphasis on object oriented development and event driven programming.

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BCS Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ECDL Essentials) (ITQ)

The ITQ provides an up-to-date, nationally recognised IT user qualification tailored to business and individual needs.

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BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) (ITQ)

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT offers the ECDL qualification at three different levels. The first of these, ECDL Essentials, is an excellent introduction to the world of technology.

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BSc (Hons) Computing Science (Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University)

This course aims to produce high quality graduates who have obtained the relevant competencies to undertake roles within one of the many computing disciplines. The programme has been developed to produce professional and competent staff for the computing industry.

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Cisco IT Essentials Part 1 - PC Hardware And Software

This course provides an excellent introduction to the IT industry and interactive exposure to personal computers, hardware, and operating systems. Students participate in hands-on activities and lab-based learning to become familiar with various hardware and software components and discover best practice in mainternance and safety. In addition, PC Hardware and Software covers the following new topics:Laptops and portable devices

  • Wireless connectivity
  • Security
  • Safety and environmental issues
  • Communication skills
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    City & Guilds Entry Level Award for IT Users (Start IT - iTQ) (Entry 3)

    The Award for IT Users (Microsoft Digital Literacy) is ideal for anyone new to the world of computing who wishes to follow the Microsoft Digital Literacy learning programme. This first step in understanding IT can aid progression on to further qualifications.

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    City & Guilds Level 1 Award for IT Users - (ITQ)

    It is ideal for anyone new to the world of computing.

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    City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Information and Communication Technology

    This course will allow you to build upon and progress with your current computing knowledge. You will learn to confidently selecting and applying ICT skills independently to develop solutions requiring overall structure. In Level 2 Essential Skills ICT, learners will use a mixture of packages for word processing, spreadsheets and databases to meet the needs of their assignment and which they can use in their work or personal life. Learners will also learn to use email for the sending and receiving or attachments and storing contacts, file saving and retrieving and correct PC operations.

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    City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles

    Anyone wishing to develop their ICT competency; from those just starting out in the industry to those in senior management roles. You could be working within the ICT sector, or providing IT support or strategy in any other sector.

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    City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence

    These comprehensive qualifications are ideal for anyone looking for a career in ICT, wishing to improve their professional ability or hoping to progress in their role. You can choose the skills and knowledge you require to specialise in anything from office equipment servicing to software development and games design.

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    Foundation Degree in Cyber Security (Validated by The Open University)

    This course is designed around the requirements of Cyber Security in the Northern Ireland industry. Learners will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and implement cyber security solutions. Additionally, 'soft' skills will be developed in teamwork, communications, professional practice and time management.

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    Microsoft IT Academy Microsoft Office Speciality: Word 2016

    Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is an internationally recognised qualification that certifies your ability to use Word 2016. Gaining this official Microsoft certification will provide you with a high level of proficiency in Word, helping you to stand out in today's competitive job market or UCAS process.

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    About our Computing & ICT courses

    To become an IT professional, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills in computing and communication devices, the software that controls them, the apps that run on them and the systems built with them. Each course offered in this curriculum area will build on the key IT concepts: Data, Hardware, Security and Software.

    About the qualifications

    Our professional IT qualifications are designed to help you build the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in the IT industry. They provide you with a clear pathway to achieve the qualifications needed to become a computing professional.

    Level 2 OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT
    Level 3 Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in IT (Strands in Business, Networking, Software Development)
    Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT
    Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Night class)
    Ulster University Access Course – Computing (Mature students)
    Level 4/5 Ulster FdSc in Computing / Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) Model

    Progression to the Honours Degree:
    Ulster BSc Hons Computing Science (Full-time / Jordanstown)
    Ulster BSc Hons Computing Systems (Part-Time / Jordanstown)
    Ulster BSc Hons Computer Science (Full-time & Part-time / Magee)

    Who is it suitable for?

    Like a challenge? Enjoy learning something new? Interest in IT? Looking to earn more than the average UK wage? Want a good work/life balance? Then the IT industry is for you! Our courses offer you progression from the basics in IT all the way to degree level. Example of Jobs: Animator, Database Administrator, IT Technician, Programmer, Software Engineer, Tester, Web Developer.

    Core areas of study

    • Animation

    • ​Computer Hardware

    • Databases

    • Digital Graphics

    • Programming

    • Systems Analysis

    • Website Development