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Digital Technologies

Digital technologies is an ever changing and fast paced sector with new challenges and experiences in every career. All the skills and knowledge that learn within this sector are transferable to any career.

For example, managing esports will give you the business and entrepreneurial skills to start your own business, Digital Logistics is implemented within businesses ranging from automotive to hospitality, Computing and Digital Support Services are required in every sector as technology has become a must for all job roles.

Our courses will provide you with the knowledge, experiences and transferable skills to excel in the digital technologies industry.

Courses

  • Level 3 Computing

    Level 3 Computing

    This qualification will provide a pathway into university, apprenticeships or careers in the IT industry. It is a broad-spectrum curriculum designed to allow students the opportunity to understand the career paths in which they wish to specialise. If you are interested in technology and are after an course that covers lots of elements of technology, this is the course for you.

     

    Entry requirements 5 GCSE at grade 4 or better including English and maths.

    In this course you will study:

    15 units including 4 externally graded exams.

    Externally graded exams:

    • IT Fundamentals
    • Global Information
    • Cyber Security
    • Cloud Computing

    Internally graded units include:

    • Mobile Technology
    • Internet of everything
    • Computer Networks
    • Project Management
    • Product Development
    • Computer Systems – Software
    • Computer Systems – Hardware
    • IT Technical Support
    • Cloud Computing

    All Students will develop an understanding of:

    • Programming
    • Computer systems
    • Networking
    • Computing in the modern age
    • Planning and implementing IT software and hardware.

    Level 3 Digital Support Services

    Our Digital Support Services course if for those who are interested in the support aspects of technology.

    In this course you will study:

    Core knowledge elements:

    1: Business context         2: Culture            3: Data   4: Digital analysis                         

    5: Digital environments 6: Diversity and inclusion 7: Learning

    8: Legislation 9: Planning   10: Security   11: Testing 12: Tools

    Pathway core elements:

    • Careers within the digital support services sector
    • Communication in digital support services
    • Fault analysis and problem resolution

    All students 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

    They 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

    Workplace skills

    We will be working with the students to teach them these four core employability skills ready to work in the digital support sector

    • Core skill 1: Communicate information clearly to a technical and non-technical audience
    • Core skill 2: Work with stakeholders to clarify and consider options to meet requirements
    • Core skill 3: Apply a logical approach to solving problems, identifying and resolving faults whilst recording progress and solutions
    • Core skill 4: Ensure activity avoids risks to security

    The student will then complete an Industry placement of 315 hours during the course to practice and embed the vocational skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for a career in the Computing sector

    The second year of the course will then enable the student to progress into:

    • Occupational specialism: Digital Support
    • Apply procedures and controls to maintain the digital security of an organisation and its data
    • Install, configure and support software applications and operating systems
    • Discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge

    Course assessment:

    • Two core knowledge exams
    • Employer set Project
    • Occupational specialism synoptic project
  • Level 3 Managing Esports

    The Esports industry is a fast-growing global industry which not only requires the Esports players but also the professionals to manage and develop Esports events. This qualification has been developed to meet this upcoming demand for skills in managing and developing Esports. Over the duration of the course you will learn skills including planning an Esports event, Live-stream broadcasting, Shoutcasting(commentating), Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players and producing an Esports brand. The professional skills and personal development you learn on this Esports course are focused on progressing to employment across a range of roles within Esports and beyond.

    Entry requirements:

    5 GCSE at grade 4 or better including English and maths.

    In this course you will study:

    15 units over the two-year course including:

    • Introduction to Esports
    • Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
    • Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players
    • Esports Events.
    • Livestream Broadcasting
    • Video Production
    • Computer Networking
    • Games Design
    • Producing an Esports Brand
    • Business use of social media

    You will be assessed using a diverse range of assessment methods including: written reports, online tests, software applications, practical demonstrations, and professional discussions.

    You will have the opportunity to take part in the British Esports Championship, along with over 100 other schools and colleges, to use and practise the skills you learn on the course. Current games include League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant.

    Where will the course take me?

    Where would you like to go? Very few courses at this level provide the extensive opportunities that Esports can offer. Excellent wages, career structures and adaptable skills combine to provide Esports students with a great future.

    Progression options include:

    • Progression to higher education at University Studies at West Suffolk College: Interactive, Immersive and Entertainment Technology BSc (Hons)
    • Career pathways and progression routes in Esports: professional players, coach, shoutcaster/host, esports analyst, esports journalist, esports content creator, observer, administrator, esports broadcast/production, community manager, team/player management and operations, events management.
    • Potential career pathways and progression routes in other related industries include: cyber security, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, interface design, games development, social media management, event management, merchandising, sports coaching and development, journalism, exercise science.

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  • Level 3 Digital Logistics

    If you are able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for logistics and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and hands-on logistics skills, then our new Digital Logistics course is for you.

    Entry requirements:

    5 GCSE at grade 4 or better including English and maths.

    In this course you will study units including:

    • Geography of Supply Chain Logistics
    • Modes of Transportation
    • Online Collabroation
    • Customer Service
    • Risk Assessment
    • Team Leadership
    • Exporting Goods
    • Importing Goods
    • The Role of Freight Forwarding
    • Warehousing Operations

    Where will the course take me?

    Logistics careers can be so varied that our course will give you the foundation to move into logistics in any sector. Ensuring car parts arrive where and when they need to be, to navigating the policies and procedures to enable vital medical supplier to get to those that need them most, are all careers that you could possibly take on.

Apply online

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

What can I do next?

Any one of our courses will allow you to progress onto university, apprenticeships or the world of work.

Industry statistics

Technology (Computing/Digital Support)

Despite digital acceleration in 2020, 69% of UK leaders believe their organisation has a digital skills gap. According to data released CW Jobs in 2020, companies need: 33% IT Support, 23% Cybersecurity, 18% Cloud, 15% Artificial Intelligence, 15% Coding, 13% Data Analytics

Esports

Esports is a continually growing industry and with Covid and lockdown it has accelerated even more. Jobs in gaming are up 20% in 2020 and could increase threefold by 2025.

Logistics

Britain’s economy has been plunged into a supply chain crisis, with major retailers’ stock levels at their the lowest since 1983 as a result of worker shortages and transport disruption. Global supply chain disruption has been triggered by the pandemic and worker shortages in several key industrial sectors, compounded by Brexit disruption as the UK emerges from lockdown.

Typical careers

    • Software developer
    • Games developer
    • Social Media Developer
    • Cloud Computing Engineer
    • Data Centre Manager
    • IT Project Manager
    • Web Developer
    • Cloud Computing Engineer
    • Help Desk Analyst
    • Network Administrator
    • Data Centre Manager
    • IT Project Manager
    • Technical Support Engineer
    • Security Specialist
    • Agent
    • Broadcast & Production
    • Coach
    • Analyst
    • Community Manager
    • PR / Marketing
    • Publishing & Supplying
    • Product Manager
    • Sales
    • Journalist
    • Content Creator
    • Testing
    • Pro Gamer
    • Shoutcaster & Host
    • Logistics Manager
    • Transportation Co-ordinator
    • Supply Chain Assistant
    • Warehouse Operative
    • Packaging Co-ordinator
    • Distribution Processor
    • Supply Chain Manager
    • Stock Controller
    • Delivery Operative

With our everchanging and advancing world, digital technologies are continuing to grow and can prepare you for your future career.

Apply online

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

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