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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing


The Higher Level Apprenticeship allows you to gain certification while working for a local company, requiring attendance at college one day per week.

78109
Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
33 to 34 Weeks
Level 5
Part-Time Study
Summary

Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn

Course Code: 78109

Duration: 33 to 34 Weeks

Level: 5

Type: Part-Time

Course Structure
You will complete a Foundation Degree in Computing along with work related qualifications over a three-year period.  The Foundation Degree in Computing aims to develop industry current skills to ensure that the future needs of the IT sector are fully met.

 

MANDATORY MODULES

Students are required to undertake mandatory modules equating to 180 credits. 

Mandatory modules include:

  • Introduction to Programming 1 (10 Credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Effective Learning in Computing (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Databases with SQL (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Programming 2 (10 credits)
  • Network Technology (20 credits)
  • Computational Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice in an ICT Context (10 credits)
  • Object-oriented Programming (20 credits)
  • Work-based learning (40 credits)
OPTIONAL MODULES

Students must also undertake a further 60 credits' worth of optional modules (listed below). Currently the optional modules are structured into two distinct pathways; however, it may be possible to study modules from both paths depending on timetable constraints.

Optional modules will be a choice of:

Pathway 1 – Programming

  • Programming in .NET (20 credits)
  • Software testing Methods (10 credits)
  • Web Application Development (10 credits)
  • Games Development (10 credits)
  • Mobile Application Development (10 credits)

Pathway 2- Infrastructure Support

  • Wide Area Networking (20 credits)
  • Internet Server Management (20 credits)
  • Networking Infrastructure (10 credits)
  • Network Security (10 credits).

*Optional modules are subject to minimal student number requirements and therefore module availability may vary. 

This course may grant you privileges as an Associate student of Ulster University and you may have access to a number of University services and facilities, including membership to the Ulster Univedon;trsity sports centre and access to physical and online library materials.  To find out more visit UU Associate Student.


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Bangor

Part-Time

09/09/2019
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00-19:30

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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Computing
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Downpatrick

Part-Time

09/09/2019
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-19:30

14

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78109 / LND1A
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Lisburn

Part-Time

09/09/2019
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00-19:30

14

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Contact Hours
Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 7 hours per week per semester.  Student workload usually includes 2 to 5 assessments (which may contain a combination of coursework, class tests, practical assessments and/or examination) per module. 
Entry Requirements

GCSE 

  • GCSE English GCSE English Language Grade C or above
  • GCSE Maths GCSE Mathematics Grade C (or University-approved equivalent)
  • 2 Additional GCSEs In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSEs at Grade C or above are required

UCAS

  • A minimum of 64 UCAS points including: A levels OR Level 3 Diploma in Computing 
  • Access Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+% International requirements

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

  • Level B2 IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5
  • Trinity ISE: Pass at Level III or other University-approved equivalent qualifications

Admissions

Successful completion of the admissions process

APEL

  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Students are assessed using a range of different methods.  These include examinations, coursework, project based learning, presentations, practical assessments and class tests. This is dependent on the requirements of each module of study.  Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.
Where will it take me?
This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the ICT industry or progression to related degree programmes. On successful completion of this course you may progress to the BSc (Hons) Computer Science at Ulster University.  Alternatively, you can apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree or go straight into employment. 
How will it make me more employable?

The course provides the opportunity to undertake employment within the computing industry whilst completing the Foundation Degree in Computing.  This will enable you to gain industry experience at the same time as completing your academic qualification.

You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving and critical thinking which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the computing industry.  The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of graduate qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.  Throughout the course industry standard software and equipment is utilised with a focus on the core industrial skills required for the computing industry.

Additional Costs
 There are no additional costs associated with this programme.
Accreditation
Course and Provider regulated by Ulster University
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • To have employment within the IT sector
  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. *The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

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