Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Software Engineering and Development

  • Course Code AAA0750
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This study programme is endorsed by Geek Talent http://geektalent.com/

Our Computing Department are members of Dynamo North East - http://www.dynamonortheast.co.uk/ and Digital Unionhttps://generator.org.uk/services/digital-union/about/

Whether you’re calculating the ball dynamics in FIFA, creating the next Fortnite or updating your latest status on Facebook or even modelling the office in the business you intend to set up, you need software. Simply put software runs the modern world we all live in, but software doesn’t create itself. By making use of real world projects and industry specialists you will develop highly prized skills and knowledge in a range of different computing subjects including but not limited to: Games Design and Development using Unity 3D, Programming using C#, Python, java and SQL, Web Design with PHP Programming  and Digital Graphics 

Valued by both employers and university this exciting level 3 study programme is a great opportunity. So if you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, make your fortune off a killer app or create the next Clash of Clans then this is the course for you. It will give you the opportunity to enter employment in the Computing sector or to progress onto further study programmes such as BTEC Higher Diplomas or to university. 


What will I study?

Project 1 - Promotion

All businesses need to be promoted to ensure that they are successful. This first project will give you the skills needed to effectively produce a range of marketing material to promote any given business.  Using our up to date Adobe Design collection, we will be focusing on the skills needed to enhance businesses through the use of graphics and animation. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks and Flash will all be covered in this exciting project.  Focusing on design; you will learn how to enhance images and manipulate the design and layouts of logos, posters and web banners. Bringing your designs to life; you will look at how to animate your work through the use of Flash or Fireworks; this may be in the form of a GIF or an interactive Flash Media file. Photoshop will look at the best ways in which to alter your images to a professional standard, teaching from the basics right up to the more complex design tools. Finally Illustrator will be used to manipulate vector graphics, where an ordinary image can be traced and used in various ways to enhance your project.

Project 2 - Design and Build a Website

Have you ever wondered how the Webpages you view are delivered to your browser?  Your second project will answer these questions. You will also gain the necessary skills to build a commercial website using HTML 5, CSS and a scripting language.  Working closely with external clients you will use text editors to build a website from scratch using HTML 5. Integrating design skills using CSS, you will learn how to correctly layout your website, delivering maximum performance and usability. JavaScript will enable you to add depth to your project and offer increased functionality and interactivity. Not only will you be learning the creative skills involved but you will also be paying attention to the fundamentals of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). This will involve the design theory behind websites, apps and software. These sought after skills will give you a leading platform in the current industry and a much better understanding as to how websites are created, manipulated and maintained.

Project 3 – Software Development

You live in an age where everyone uses a mobile phone or a computer and the applications that go with them.  It is one thing to know how to use these applications but another to understand the logic behind them.  This project will give you the skills to design and build an application that could be used on a mobile device or a computer.  Working to a live client brief, you will be tasked with designing a fully functional application, which will be both interactive and well designed. You will learn the skills to build this application from the very first line of code up to the functions and variables behind the heart of the programme. An array of programming paradigms will be taught and through using a visual programming language you will learn the skills needed to become a computer programmer. For the leaders of tomorrow, there is perhaps no skill as important as learning to program. Why learn to use software when we can start to learn how to build it?

Project 4 – Game Development

What goes into making a successful game?  This final project will give you the skills to come up with a game concept and make that concept real.  These units explore the burgeoning games development industries. In the Games Design Unit you will examine the games industry and how it has developed from a niche market into a mass industry that now eclipses both the music and movie industries in terms of revenue. Units will then move on to the development of a game design treatment and how to deliver a professional pitch.   The Game development unit looks at the impact of games on individuals and society before moving into production using the Unreal Development Engine, using Kismet you will build a real playable game. This game can even be tested using our Oculus Rift pushing the boundaries of virtual reality.

You'll also have the chance to complete an accredited Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Software Development Fundamentals qualification.

Mentoring Scheme 

You will also be part of an employer based mentoring scheme where you will work with a mentor from a local business to help improve your skills further.  The possibilities with this scheme are endless – students have been given real-life projects to work on, visited their mentors at work and been given opportunities to showcase their work.  This scheme, along with our tutorial programme will help you become work ready as well as preparing you for the outside world with training on money management, help with job hunting, interviews and confidence building. 

English and maths

You use these skills all the time in work and they are crucially important for employers. Studying English and maths in college is different to school and you will see how these skills are relevant to the industry you are interested in working in.  We look at what you can do when you join us and then we’ll put a programme together which best meets your needs and aspirations. This might mean working towards a pre-GCSE qualification or towards an A*-C grade in GCSE English and maths and, if you’ve already achieved this, you’ll continue to build on your skills in these subjects.
Work Experience

We want you to be job ready when you leave us and able to put what you have learnt into practice in the workplace. Relevant and high quality work experience placements, employer mentoring, commercial and vocational projects will help you to do this and are an important part of your study programme. Plus make an impression on an employer and who knows where that could lead.

Success, progression and employment

Upon completion you could potentially gain employment or an advanced apprenticeship as a Junior Software Developer, Graphics/Animation Designer or Web Developer, there are great opportunities in the North East to carry out these roles as a freelance developer too.

Fast-track to an apprenticeship

You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.

About our teachers

Our teachers are ambitious, talented and passionate about making your experience at college the very best it can be. They have up to date industry experience to share with you and the energy and enthusiasm to help you to get where you need to be.


Local labour market intelligence from EMSI (http://www.economicmodeling.com/) predicts to 2017:

  • A 5% growth in programmer and software developer jobs.
  • Average hourly pay of £19.19 for developers
  • Increased demand for computer programmers and database administrators

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    The place of study

    You’ll study at our £39million Baltic Campus on Gateshead Quays. This academy is equipped with the latest learning resources as well as modern classrooms, the latest IT, relaxed social spaces, a gym, three places to eat and a Costa Coffee.

    An interview is required and guidance is required.

    How to apply

    You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

    Qualifications needed

    4 GCSEs grade C (4) or above or equivalent, ideally including maths and English.

    GCSE English language and maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C)

    Required experience

    We welcome applicants without prior experience.

    This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

    Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

    If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

    You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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