|Course Title||Age group||Type||Level|
|Level 2 BTEC Diploma in IT||16-18||ft||L2|
|Level 3 BTEC Diploma in IT||16-18||ft||L3|
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Software Development)||16-18||ft||L3|
|BTEC Level 1 Diploma for IT Users||16-18||ft||L1|
|Entry 3 BTEC Certificate for IT Users||16-18||ft||EL|
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Eighteen-year-old Majedul Mahi Rahman won the IT curriculum award at Redbridge College’s annual Student Awards ceremony in 2012.
He first decided to enroll at the college after visiting an open event.
Majedul says: “I have found the environment at the college helpful and friendly. The teachers try to encourage you and are always able to sort out any problems you have.
“Next year I’m progressing on to Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT. I’m looking forward to learning new skills and continuing to improve.
“I would like to have a career related to IT, for example in programming or games testing.
“I think studying IT at the college would be suited to someone who is hard working and enjoys a challenge.”
On computer screens around an IT classroom at Redbridge College racing cars are revving and aeroplanes being shot down.
Learners studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in ICT have developed their own computer games and, led by lecturer Gary, they are now being put to the test.
The computer games industry in Britain had overtaken the film industry in terms of profitability, with more money spent on games than going to the cinema or buying DVDs.
Learners studying IT qualifications at the college study specialized modules including website production, computer animation and database deisgn – in addition to developing computer games.
And Gary believes that there has never been a better time to study a vocational IT qualification.
He says: “The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in ICT really does give learners a comprehensive introduction to a wide range of IT skills.
“The lessons are very practical and learners also gain the necessary communication skills to be able to work successfully in the IT industry.”
Learner Alvina Baig studied GCSE IT at school before enrolling at the college.
She says: “This is a really practical course. I like the fact that I am able to study a single subject I enjoy every day.”
Meanwhile fellow learner Saqib Kazmi has developed his own game designed to improve people’s typing skills.
He says: “It’s something which I’m very passionate about. I didn’t have any previous knowledge about programming – this course has taught me everything I know.”
Learners from the college have progressed on to degrees in Computer Science or Games Technology in large numbers in recent years.
And the technical skills provided by games related qualifications are increasingly also highly valued by employers in fields like finance and banking.
Gary says: “The skills we teach are transferrable.
“Learners love being able to put their own games together and the skills they are using can be applied to more general programming.”
- FT = Full Time
- PT = Part Time